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.
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 BUYNOW: http://tinyurl.com/hy2ox9z LINKS: Current Discount Offers http://www.pen-and-sword.co.uk/sale 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.