Gimlet Goes to War

Four Adventures Starring Gimlet "King of the Commandos"

Author: William Earl Johns

Publisher: Crows Nest

ISBN: 9781742373485

Category: World War, 1939-1945

Page: 619

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King of the Commandos: Captain Lorrington 'Gimlet' King leads his special Commando detachment on a dangerous sabotage mission into enemy-occupied France where they meet up with 'Cub', destined to become an integral part of their team. Gimlet Goes Again: With his usual cohorts 'Copper' Collson, 'Trapper' Troublay and 'Cub' backing him up, Gimlet parachutes into France to play a deadly game of cat and mouse with the Gestapo. Gimlet Comes Home: Fresh out of the forces at the end of the war, Gimlet and his friends find themselves dealing with desperate criminals in the Highlands of Scotland. Gimlet Mops Up: An underground gang of vengeful Nazis bent on murder in post-war Europe is tracked down by Gimlet and his team, using Gimlet himself as bait!

A Perfect Hell

The Forgotten Story of the Canadian Commandos of the Second World War

Author: John Nadler

Publisher: Anchor Canada

ISBN: 0307375064

Category: History

Page: 416

View: 1444

It’s 1942 and Hitler’s armies stand astride Europe like a colossus. Germany is winning on every front. This is the story of how one of the world’s first commando units, put together for the invasion of Norway, helped turn the tide in Italy. 1942. When the British generals recommend an audacious plan to parachute a small elite commando unit into Norway in a bid to put Nazi Germany on the defensive, Winston Churchill is intrigued. But Britain, fighting for its life, can’t spare the manpower to participate. So William Lyon MacKenzie King is contacted and asked to commit Canadian troops to the bold plan. King, determined to join Roosevelt and Churchill as an equal leader in the Allied war effort, agrees. One of the world’s first commando units, the First Special Service Force, or FSSF, is assembled from hand-picked soldiers from Canadian and American regiments. Any troops sent into Norway will have to be rugged, self-sufficient, brave, and weather-hardened. Canada has such men in ample supply. The all-volunteer FSSF comprises outdoorsmen — trappers, rangers, prospectors, miners, loggers. Assembled at an isolated base in Helena, Montana, and given only five months to train before the invasion, they are schooled in parachuting, mountain climbing, cross-country skiing, and cold-weather survival. They are taught how to handle explosives, how to operate nearly every field weapon in the American and German arsenals, and how to kill with their bare hands. After the Norway plan is scrapped, the FSSF is dispatched to Italy and given its first test — to seize a key German mountain-top position which had repelled the brunt of the Allied armies for over a month. In a reprise of the audacity and careful planning that won Vimy Ridge for the Canadians in WWI, the FSSF takes the twin peaks Monte la Difensa and Monte la Remetanea by storming the supposedly unscalable rock face at the rear of the German position, and opens the way through the mountains. Later, the FSSF will hold one-quarter of the Anzio beachhead against a vastly superior German force for ninety-nine days; a force of only 1,200 commandos does the work of a full division of over 17,000 troops. Though badly outnumbered, the FSSF takes the fight to the Germans, sending nighttime patrols behind enemy lines and taking prisoners. It is here that they come to be known among the dispirited Germans as Schwartzer Teufel (“Black Devils”) for their black camouflage face-paint and their terrifying tactic of appearing out of the darkness. John Nadler vividly captures the savagery of the Italian campaign, fought as it was at close quarters and with desperate resolve, and the deeply human experiences of the individual men called upon to fight it. Based on extensive archival research and interviews with veterans, A Perfect Hell is an important contribution to Canadian military history and an indispensable account of the lives and battlefield exploits of the men who turned the tide of the Second World War. From the Hardcover edition.

Voices of the Bulge

Untold Stories from Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge

Author: Michael Collins,Martin King

Publisher: Zenith Press

ISBN: 1610602684

Category: History

Page: 320

View: 8800

DIVThe powerful German counteroffensive operation code-named “Wacht am Rhein” (Watch on the Rhine) launched in the early morning hours of December 16, 1944, would result in the greatest single extended land battle of World War II. To most Americans, the fierce series of battles fought from December 1944 through January 1945 is better known as the “Battle of the Bulge.” Almost one million soldiers would eventually take part in the fighting. Different from other histories of the Bulge, this book tells the story of this crucial campaign with first-person stories taken from the authors’ interviews of the American soldiers, both officers and enlisted personnel, who faced the massive German onslaught that threatened to turn the tide of battle in Western Europe and successfully repelled the attack with their courage and blood. Also included are stories from German veterans of the battles, including SS soldiers, who were interviewed by the authors./div

Biggles Defies the Swastika

Author: W. E. Johns

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1782950370

Category: Adventure stories

Page: 256

View: 6186

SECRET AGENT! Sworn into the German Air Force as a Gestapo Agent, Biggles is deep undercover on a reconnaissance mission in Norway when the Germans invade without warning. If he can just get back to his plane he can leave Norway quickly and safely, but his old enemy Von Stalhein has heard that Biggles is in Norway, and he's determined to track him down... Join cult hero and flying ace, Squadron Leader James Bigglesworth on another action packed adventure!

The King's Best Highway

The Lost History of the Boston Post Road, the Route That Made America

Author: Eric Jaffe

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781439176108

Category: History

Page: 336

View: 5993

A VIVID AND FASCINATING LOOK AT AMERICAN HISTORY THROUGH THE PRISM OF THE COUNTRY’S MOST STORIED HIGHWAY, THE BOSTON POST ROAD During its evolution from Indian trails to modern interstates, the Boston Post Road, a system of over-land routes between New York City and Boston, has carried not just travelers and mail but the march of American history itself. Eric Jaffe captures the progress of people and culture along the road through four centuries, from its earliest days as the king of England’s “best highway” to the current era. Centuries before the telephone, radio, or Internet, the Boston Post Road was the primary conduit of America’s prosperity and growth. News, rumor, political intrigue, financial transactions, and personal missives traveled with increasing rapidity, as did people from every walk of life. From post riders bearing the alarms of revolution, to coaches carrying George Washington on his first presidential tour, to railroads transporting soldiers to the Civil War, the Boston Post Road has been essential to the political, economic, and social development of the United States. Continuously raised, improved, rerouted, and widened for faster and heavier traffic, the road played a key role in the advent of newspapers, stagecoach travel, textiles, mass-produced bicycles and guns, commuter railroads, automobiles—even Manhattan’s modern grid. Many famous Americans traveled the highway, and it drew the keen attention of such diverse personages as Benjamin Franklin, Franklin D. Roosevelt, P. T. Barnum, J. P. Morgan, and Robert Moses. Eric Jaffe weaves this entertaining narrative with a historian’s eye for detail and a journalist’s flair for storytelling. A cast of historical figures, celebrated and unknown alike, tells the lost tale of this road. Revolutionary printer William Goddard created a postal network that united the colonies against the throne. General Washington struggled to hold the highway during the battle for Manhattan. Levi Pease convinced Americans to travel by stagecoach until, half a century later, Nathan Hale convinced them to go by train. Abe Lincoln, still a dark-horse candidate in early 1860, embarked on a railroad speaking tour along the route that clinched the presidency. Bomb builder Lester Barlow, inspired by the Post Road’s notorious traffic, nearly sold Congress on a national system of expressways twenty-five years before the Interstate Highway Act of 1956. Based on extensive travels of the highway, interviews with people living up and down the road, and primary sources unearthed from the great libraries between New York City and Boston—including letters, maps, contemporaneous newspapers, and long-forgotten government documents—The King’s Best Highway is a delightful read for American history buffs and lovers of narrative everywhere.

Ian Fleming's Commandos

The Story of the Legendary 30 Assault Unit

Author: Nicholas Rankin

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199912025

Category: History

Page: 416

View: 4793

In 1941, the United Kingdom faced its darkest hour: it stood alone against the Germans, who had chased British forces out of France, Norway, and Greece. All it had left were desperate measures--commando raids, intelligence coups, feats of derring-do. Any such "novel enterprise," wrote Admiral John Godfrey, Director of Naval Intelligence, required "an officer with drive and imagination of the highest order." He found one in Commander Ian Fleming. In Ian Fleming's Commandos, Nicholas Rankin tells the exciting story of a secret intelligence outfit conceived and organized by Fleming. Named 30 Assault Unit, the group was expected to seize enemy codebooks, cipher machines, and documents in high-stakes operations. Assault unit commandos fought in the North African campaign and the invasions of Sicily and Italy, poked over the bones of bombed Pantelleria, and liberated Capri. Rebranded '30 Assault Unit', they went ashore on D-Day, heading for rocket-sites and radar-stations. They helped liberate Paris (including the Ritz Bar and the Rothschild mansion) and then set out to steal scientific and industrial secrets from the heart of Germany. Their final amazing coup was to seize the entire archives of the German Navy's three hundred tons of documents. Ian Fleming flew out in person to accompany the loot back to Britain, where it was combed for evidence to use in the Nuremburg trials. Based on incisive research and written with verve and insight, this new paperback edition of Ian Fleming's Commandos brings to life a long-obscured chapter of World War II and reveals the inspiration behind Fleming's famous fiction.

Blood on the Shores

Soviet SEALs in World War II

Author: Viktor Leonov

Publisher: Ballantine Books

ISBN: 9780804107327

Category: World War, 1939-1945

Page: 287

View: 728

Russia's most famous naval scout recounts his treacherous missions in the Soviet Navy's version of the U.S. Navy SEALs, describing how these elite reconnaissance troops defended Russia's borders against Hitler. Original.

True Stories Of The Commandos

The British Army's Legendary Front line Fighting Force

Author: Robin Hunter

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 0753549514

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 272

View: 5404

Raised in the dark, post-Dunkirk days of 1940 to carry the war to the enemy, in five short and violent years the British Army Commandos established a reputation that has made the name ‘Commando’ the mark of the fighting man. The Commandos began as small-scale raiders but their operations grew in size and destruction as the war progressed until, in the end, there were four full Commando Brigades; superb units which fought in every theatre of war, from Norway to Burma, from the coast of France to the islands of Yugoslavia. The Commandos were disbanded in 1945-46 but reformed in the 1970s, and in 1982, about 1000 army Commandos set sail to fight in the Falklands War. The long and proud history of the army contains accounts of many fine and distinguished units but few can equal – and none exceed – the story of the British Army Commandos.

Annals of the King's Royal Rifle Corps: Vol 4 "The K.R.R.C." 1872-1913

Author: Major-Gen. Sir Steuart Hare

Publisher: Andrews UK Limited

ISBN: 1781510210

Category: History

Page: 445

View: 9326

The fourth volume in the unit history of the 'K.R.R.C.' details its activities in the last years of the 19th century and the opening decade of the 20th, principally the 1899-1902 Boer War. The history describes the reforms which slowly replaced the amateurish army of the 19th century with the trained professional force which went to war in 1914, reforms which were hastened by the shock of the Boer War. Earlier in Africa, the Corps' Third Battalion took part in the 1879 Zulu War and the first Boer War of 1881, including the Battle of Majuba Hill under Sir George Colley. The 2nd Battalion fought in the Second Afghan War of 1878-1880 under General Roberts; and the Third Battalion fought in the Egyptian campaign of 1882 and in the Sudan in 1884. The Fourth battalion took part in colonial campaigns in India and Burma in the 1890s. The Corps took part in the major campaigns of the Boer War under Sir Redvers Buller, including the Siege of Ladysmith, and under Roberts and Kithcener in the later 'mopping up' period of guerrilla warfare against the Boer commandos. With two appendices on Corps commanders and the unit's sporting achievements, four portraits and twenty maps.

When Shall Their Glory Fade?

The Stories of the Thirty-Eight Battle Honours of the Army Commandos

Author: James Dunning

Publisher: Frontline Books

ISBN: 1473820723

Category: History

Page: 304

View: 4659

Written by a Commando veteran of World War II, this is a remarkable, vivid and honest account of the battles and actions behind the award of the thirty eight Battle Honours that were awarded to the Army Commandos by Her Majesty the Queen in 1958. These Battle Honours are emblazoned on the Commando Flag that hangs in Westminster Abbey in London, almost opposite the tomb of the Unknown Warrior. The story of each honour is presented in the most direct way, using the stories and experiences of the commandos, officers and men who actually took part in the fighting. It should be emphasised that the operations mentioned as battle honours recognised only those deemed to be thoroughly outstanding feats of arms and represent only a fraction of the raids and battles fought by the Commandos in their five years of active service. The formation of the Commandos was due to Winston Churchill, who proposed their formation in a directive dated 18 June 1940, which advocated limited offensive action against the enemy's extended and vulnerable coastline. This compilation includes photographs of training and combat in Norway, Dieppe, Normandy, Flushing and many more locations.

Into the Jaws of Death

The True Story of the Legendary Raid on Saint-Nazaire

Author: Robert Lyman

Publisher: Quercus

ISBN: 1623655218

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 352

View: 437

It is the night of March 28, 1942. Royal Navy and British commandos are poised to assault the German-held port of Saint-Nazaire in what will be one of the most audacious and daring raids of the Second World War. The plan is simple: to drive an old destroyer, packed with three tons of explosives, at full speed into the outer gate of the Normandie dock. The aim is to destroy the base from which the formidable battleship Tirpitz would be able to devastate the convoys supplying Britain from the United States. "Operation Chariot" was to be dramatically successful, but at a great cost. Fewer than half the men who went on the mission returned. In recognition of their valor, eighty-nine decorations were awarded, including five Victoria Crosses. Into the Jaws of Death is the true story of how the decisive courage of a small group of men changed the course of the war.

Second Chance King of Avuls

Author: R Richard

Publisher: Club Lighthouse Publishing

ISBN: 1926839811

Category:

Page: N.A

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Justin Imperiale has begun to learn how to use more paranormal powers. He's using the information he gained when he defeated Gaiton. The latest thing is how to teleport himself from place to place.The South Continent Empire is near war with Tiwanaku, the country to the South of the present Empire.Tiwanaku is a country with a regular army, tanks, field artillery, heavily armed infantry and so forth. The situation seems likely to explode into war, but Justin has a plan.In the process of carrying out his plan, Justin encounters Annda, a woman he abandoned to a terrorist group. Annda and Justin have a mind war.After the mind war, Justin manages to obtain four neutron weapons that he can use to solve problems in Avuls. He then arms drone aircraft with the weapons and ships them to a seaport near Avuls.While the weapons are en-route, two space freighters and a warbird approach Corin. The ships contain refugees called Vorkal. The Vorkal have paranormal talents among them. Justin learns from the Vorkal paranormal; talents and also acquires a warbird.Justin needs to return to Mesodania, but decides to take the long way and he searches for and finds a talisman in the South continent.At a refueling stop, something is not right. So he flies to Ifrequeh, instead of directly back to Mesodania.In Ifrequeh, Justin discovers that a juju man called Dwarf is trying to take over his mine. To prevent a war, Justin is forced to fight a mind battle against the Dwarf.Justin then returns to Mesodania. He finds that war with Avuls threatens and Justin becomes the lone voice of reason amidst war hawks. The situation worsens and Justin secretly launches the drones that he's prepared and wipes out the leadership of Avuls. Voice of reason, Justin then leads an invasion of Avuls, 'just to provide needed leadership'.Several pretenders try to establish themselves as King of Avuls, but they run into Justin.Justin uses a combination of military power, religious endorsement and economic development to establish himself as King of Avuls.There are those who smuggle illegal drugs through Avuls. No one wants to actually stop the drug smuggling as the powers that be are profiting from the smuggling. That doesn't bother Justin, He just plans to steal the drugs.Justin then gets involved with a group in Mesodania who are selling silver objects. There is no commercial silver mining in Mesodania and Justin suspects that the silver is being mined via a gate, like the gate the the Glyon people use. He then explores the gate.There's a Temple of Vorell located near the city of Byzantion in the North Continent of the Old World. The Temple contains one of the scrolls Justin is seeking. The people in the area force the Priests out of the Temple and Justin plots to obtain the scroll.Justin still has his second chance and the adventure continues.

Star Commandos

Author: P.M. Griffin

Publisher: MuseItUp Publishing

ISBN: 1927361656

Category: Fiction

Page: 209

View: 8177

Commando-Colonel Islaen Connor is working undercover to investigate an illegal colony on the planet Vishnu. Warned by her foremost opponent in the recent galactic War, War Prince and former Arcturian admiral Varn Tarl Sogan, the pair escape ambush and flee into the unexplored wild country beyond the young settlement. There, as they struggle to survive in a harsh, perilous land, they discover the living terror against which all Vishnu’s other life forms have been forced to adapt. Their presence unknown by interstellar authorities and, therefore, unsupported, the innocent colonists face certain and gruesome annihilation unless Connor and Sogan can raise the alarm in time and then conquer in the desperate battle they must wage to hold back and defeat a foe that they know to be of nearly elemental power in its hunger-driven determination and inconceivable numbers.