COMMANDO is the first authoritative book on these formidable fighting forces of WWII for a general readership - out now in paperback.
June 1940: As Britain's soldiers limped home from Dunkirk, a maverick Army officer was already devising a bold plan to hit back at the enemy. His idea was to revolutionise military thinking and change the face of warfare for ever. Relying as much on stealth and guile as on courage and stamina, the Commandos brought to the battlefield the skills of the guerrilla. Trained by an unconventional band of experts, and led by a big-game hunter, a film star, a Highland chief and an eccentric wielding a bow and arrow, they became the spearhead of the Allied drive for victory.Weaving together official documents, new research and veterans' own accounts, COMMANDO reveals for the first time the exhilarating full story of WWII's most formidable fighting force.
James Owen was born in London in 1969. He studied Modern History at Oxford University. His previous books are A Serpent in Eden (Little, Brown, 2005) - shortlisted for the 2005 CWA Golden Dagger (non-fiction), and The Voice of War: The Second World War Told By Those Who Fought It, with Guy Walters (Viking, 2004). He writes regularly for The Times, the Telegraph and the Financial Times. He lives in Rome with his sculptor wife.