Anders Lassen VC MC of the SAS

The VC is a gold standard award for exceptional bravery in the face 
of the enemy, known around the world. The MC may be less well known 
outside Britain but it is a very high honour and to win three is 
exceptional. This is the story of a unique individual and has been 
told well. Very Highly Recommended.

 

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NAME: Anders Lassen VC MC of the SAS
FILE: R2421
AUTHOR:  Mike Langley
PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword
BINDING: hard back 
PAGES:  254
PRICE: £19.99
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT: WWII, World War 2, World War II, Second World War, SAS, 
Special Forces, foreign volunteers, VC, training tactics, ethos, West 
Africa, Channel Islands, Aegean, Greece, Balkans, Italy
ISBN: 1-47387-951-5
IMAGE: B2421.jpg
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DESCRIPTION: The VC is a gold standard award for exceptional bravery 
in the face of the enemy, known around the world. The MC may be less 
well known outside Britain but it is a very high honour and to win 
three is exceptional. This is the story of a unique individual and has 
been told well. Very Highly Recommended.

WWII was to see the creation of a family of Special Forces 
organizations in Britain. They often operated as private armies far 
behind enemy lines. To be accepted into any of these units required 
extreme skills and courage. Training was fierce and those who passed 
this stage were already exceptional soldiers. The SAS was to emerge as 
a premier unit amongst highly effective units. Major Lassen stood out 
even amongst such warriors and the author has detailed his brief, but 
brilliant, career.

Born in Denmark and serving as an Ordinary Seaman on a tanker, Lassen 
came ashore in Britain in 1940 and asked to be allowed to fight the 
Germans. He was quickly recognized as an exceptional individual and 
greatly impressed his instructors, not men to be easily impressed.

He was to take part in strikes in the Channel Islands, West Africa and 
around the Mediterranean. He was killed in an action in Italy and it 
was for this courageous action that he was to be awarded the Victoria 
Cross. He was to be the only SAS member to be awarded this highest 
honour during WWII. He had also won three Military Crosses for displays 
of great gallantry. The MC is also not lightly awarded in British 
service and to win three is extraordinary.

This is a story of exceptional action, not without controversy, that 
inspires and moves.