In this new book by journalist Gavin Mortimer, The Daring Dozen reveals the 12 legendary special forces commanders of World War II. Prior to World War II the concept of 'special forces' simply didn't exist. But thanks to visionary leaders like David Stirling and Charles Hunter, our very concept of how wars can be fought and won have totally changed. But these 12 extraordinary men not only reshaped military policy, they led from the front, accompanying their troops into the heat of battle, from the sands of North Africa to jumping on D-Day and infiltrating behind enemy lines. Each embodies the true essence of courage, what Winston Churchill remarked 'is esteemed as] the first of human qualities.' But Mortimer also offers a skilful analysis of their qualities as a military commander and the true impact their own personal actions, as well as those of their units, had on the eventual outcome of the war.
About the Author
Gavin Mortimer has written numerous books for both adults and children including Shackleton: The Story of Ernest Shackleton and the Antarctic Explorers.
"Stirring, well-told tales about David Stirling, Evans Carlson, Orde Wingate, and nine more dashing creators of the modern concept of Special Forces."
--Gene Santoro, World War II, (November/December 2012)
"This book sheds light on soldiers who personified what it meant to be in Special Forces."
- Al Hemingway, WWII History (Early Winter 2013)
"Any military collection, particularly those strong in World War II history, must have this!"
- James A. Cox, The Midwest Book Review