• Churchill's Secret Warriors

  • The Explosive True Story of the Special Forces Desperadoes of WWII
  • By: Damien Lewis
  • Narrated by: Nigel Carrington
  • Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Release date: 12-18-14
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Quercus
  • 4.5 (8 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In the bleak moments after defeat on mainland Europe in winter 1939, Winston Churchill knew that Britain had to strike back hard. So Britain's wartime leader called for the lightning development of a completely new kind of warfare, recruiting a band of eccentric free-thinking warriors to become the first 'deniable' secret operatives to strike behind enemy lines, offering these volunteers nothing but the potential for glory and all-but-certain death.
Churchill's Secret Warriors tells the story of the daring victories for this small force of 'freelance pirates', undertaking devastatingly effective missions against the Nazis, often dressed in enemy uniforms and with enemy kit, breaking all previously held rules of warfare.
Master storyteller Damien Lewis brings the adventures of the secret unit to life, weaving together the stories of the soldiers' brotherhood in this compelling narrative, from the unit's earliest missions to the death of their leader just weeks before the end of the war.
©2014 Damien Lewis (P)2014 WF Howes Ltd
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Critic Reviews

"One of the most extraordinary stories of World War II is also one of the least commonly known ... compelling ... an eloquent and welcome tribute to their selfless, sometimes reckless courage - a howitzer of a tale that more people should know about" (Brian Viner, Daily Mail)
"An enjoyable, thought-provoking read" (Soldier Magazine)
"A truly astonishing story" (Weekend Sport)
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By greg archer on 05-03-15

SAS, SBS forefathers in the early days. Amazing...

Enthralling throughout, ordinary blokes doing stuff that makes Hollywood's finest look like Girl Guides and Brownies on a picnic.
Funny in Places too.
Amazing people, the first SAS and SBS types and some of their earliest missions.
Ace blokes, ace book.
Highly Recommended.
Greg Archer.

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By Mark on 05-19-15

Well, who'd have thunk it!

Wasn't sure really what I'd bought here and was a bit hesitant about listening. Very glad I did. An unsentimental narrative and narration of fascinating story! You couldn't make it up! Superb and comes well recommended.

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7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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By Samuel Peacocke on 04-06-16

An unbelievable true story

This is an eminently readable story of the special boat service in ww2 that takes you to the major actions that were undertaken by this unit over the period. If you love a good adventure, especially a true one, you will love this book

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By Jason on 10-22-15

Perfect mix of documentary and action

The story of the inception of the elite British SBS unit during WWII isn't often told, and this book is a fantastic platform for the story. It expertly interweaves historical facts with blistering action, building suspense which leads to fast paced yet detailed action.
The story follows one of the founding fathers of the SBS, Anders Lassen, whose exploits and raw heroism never fail to amaze. The author goes to great lengths to portray what it was like to be living the life of a spec ops operator in wartime, constantly in danger and with minimal resources and support. This book does justice to their above - human efforts and sacrifices.
The narration is captivating and adds to the brilliance of the story and writing.

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