No.10 (Inter-Allied) Commando 1942–45

No.10 (Inter-Allied) Commando 1942–45

Britain’s Secret Commando

Elite 142
  • Author: Nick van der Bijl
  • Illustrator: Robert Chapman
  • Short code: ELI 142
  • Publication Date: 5 Jul 2006
  • ISBN: 9781841769998
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number of Pages: 64
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About this Product

The largest, but least-known of all Britain's elite wartime Commando raiding units, No.10 (Inter-Allied) was recruited from volunteers from many nations who had fled to Britain after their own countries fell to the Nazis. Alongside Poles, Frenchmen, Dutchmen, Belgians and Norwegians, the unit included a small number of remarkably brave German and Austrian refugees. These commandos took part in daring raids, intelligence missions and conventional infantry battles, earning many decorations for gallantry and leadership. Detailing the wartime exploits of these courageous fighters, some of whom went on to form the nucleus of their liberated nations' new special forces, this book gives an insight into a fascinating unit that is often overlooked.

Biographical Note

Nick van der Bijl BEM served in the Intelligence Corps for 20 years and saw active service in Northern Ireland and, with 3rd Commando Brigade, in the Falklands War. Retiring from the Regular Army in 1989, he worked as a security practicioner in the defence industry and NHS, he was commissioned in 2 Wessex (V) until 1992. An author of several military books and numerous security articles, he is co-founder of Brush Fire Films. Rob Chapman has worked as an illustrator for a number of years, initially in children's books but then specialising in military history. He has worked closely with a number of British regiments and corps and his paintings are held in regimental and public museums, regimental messes and private collections. He also teaches part-time in Further Education. Rob is married and lives in Staffordshire, UK.

Contents

Initial formation, 1940, and first disbandment Re-activation, 1942 Doctrine and mission; training at Achnacarry The national Troops: 1 & 2 Tps (French) Dutch Tp 4, 9 & 10 Tos (Belgian) 5 Tp (Norwegian) 6 Tp (Polish) 7 Tp (Yugoslavian) X Tp ('British')

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