This is the story of Britain's elite special force in Italy during the Second World War. In the summer of 1943 the SAS came out of Africa to carry the fight to the Germans and Fascists in Sicily and the mainland. On the Italian Armistice and Surrender in September 1943 the originator of the SAS, Scots Guards lieutenant David Stirling, was a prisoner at the high-security prisoner of war camp five at Gavi in Piedmont, north-western Italy, after being captured in January in Tunisia. He eventually ended up as a prisoner at Colditz Castle in Germany, but his work continued. The idea of small groups of parachute-trained soldiers operating behind enemy lines to gain intelligence, destroy enemy aircraft, and attack their supply and reinforcement routes, was realised in the many daring missions carried out in Italy by the men of 2nd SAS Regiment and the Special Raiding Squadron. The famous SAS motto of `Who dares wins,' was swiftly translated into the Italian `Chi osa vince.' This book reveals how words were turned into deeds.
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11 March 2019
Song of the 2nd SAS Regiment; Introduction; 1 David Stirling; 2 `Tanky' Challenor; 3 Island Raids; 4 `Paddy' Mayne; 5 The Capture of Sicily; 6 Roy Farran; 7 The Invasion of the Mainland; 8 Operation Speedwell One; 9 Operation Speedwell Two; 10 The Missing Men; 11 Jeep and Sabotage Operations; 12 Rescuing POWs; 13 Amphibious Operations; 14 Support for the Anzio Landings; 15 Operation Pomegranate; 16 The Return of 2nd SAS; 17 Operation Galia; 18 Attacking Enemy Communications; 19 The Germans Strike Back; 20 Operation Tombola; 21 Attack on the Corps HQ; 22 Victory in Italy.
Anglo-Italian historian Malcolm Tudor is a graduate of the University of Wales and lives in the principality. His British father was a soldier with the Eighth Army in Italy and his Italian mother and grandparents were awarded the Alexander Certificate in recognition of the help they gave to Allied escaped prisoners of war. Tudor has written nine books on Italy during the Second World War and has a specialised knowledge of the secret war behind enemy lines. He is a member of the Anglo-Italian Family History Society.