Prior to the outbreak of World War II, the concept of “special forces” simply didn’t exist. But with the complex and ever-changing realities of modern war, combatants soon had to adapt and find ways to conduct operations in innovative and unconventional ways. In The Daring Dozen, journalist Gavin Mortimer profiles the 12 legendary Special Forces commanders whose expert tactical abilities, extraordinary courage, and far-reaching vision were to change the ways wars were fought forever.
These 12 extraordinary men—including David Stirling, Friedrich von der Heydte, Orde Wingate, and Prince Junio Valerio Borghese—not only reshaped military policy, but also led from the front, accompanying their troops into the heat of battle, from the sands of North Africa to the hedgerows of Normandy to dangerous locales behind enemy lines. Evoking intense loyalty from their men, each leader embodied the true essence of leadership and courage.
Mortimer offers skillful analyses of their qualities as military commanders and the true impact their personal actions and those of their units had on the outcome of the war—and on the techniques used by Special Forces in all modern armies today.
Hardcover Book : 304 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Ltd. ( June 20, 2012 )
Item #: 13-597979
Product Dimensions: 6.0 x 9.2 inches
Product Weight: 20.0 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)