Correcting the neglect of this very important organization, the author provides an inspiring account of the Royal Naval Commandos through an outstanding collection of anecdotes. The text is moving, inspiring, vivid, and the illustration in maps and images impressive – Highly Recommended.
NAME: Beachhead Assault, The Story of the Royal Naval Commandos In World War Two FILE: R2494 AUTHOR: David Lee PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword, Frontline BINDING: soft back PAGES: 272 PRICE: £14.99 GENRE: Non Fiction SUBJECT: Second World War, WWII, World War Two, World War 2, reconnaissance, defence, coast defence, underground army, intelligence, Resistance, beach assault, beach masters, beach markers
IMAGE: B2494.jpg6 BUYNOW: http://tinyurl.com/konutt4 LINKS: DESCRIPTION: Correcting the neglect of this very important organization, the author provides an inspiring account of the Royal Naval Commandos through an outstanding collection of anecdotes. The text is moving, inspiring, vivid, and the illustration in maps and images impressive - Highly Recommended. World War Two saw the introduction of a new family of special forces by the British. The number of organizations can be confusing. The Army and the Royal Marines formed Commando units. Special private armies were formed by some very colourful individuals, including the SAS and the Long Range Desert Group. The actions they participated in are stirring and impressive. They took the war to the Germans when no other organization could. They were a gift to the propaganda service in providing news that broke the tired and familiar diet of retreats and defeats. The Commando unit that received less coverage at the time and since was the Royal Naval Commandos and this was partly due to the critical role they played in preparing for amphibious landings, culminating in D-Day. Their work was no less heroic but it was very sensitive. Without them a series of invasions would have struggled to succeed. There has been some debate as to where the term 'Commando' came from. The high probability is that it originated from Churchill himself. As a young man, he was present in South Africa where the Boers had set up fast moving light cavalry that specialized in hit and run attacks on British troops. They were described as Kommando units because they were self-supporting mobile commands that were frequently engaged in opportunist raiding. Churchill had ordered the formation of special forces to take the fight to the Germans at a time when the Army was reforming and re-equipping after its withdrawal from France. The Boer Kommando were a good role model for what would be an escalating campaign of attacks on targets in Occupied Europe, the Mediterranean and North Africa. The Royal Naval Commando differed from its sister organizations in that it had a specific role in support of beach assault. Other Commando units were tasked with hitting specific targets behind enemy lines. Typically, in Europe, the Commando force could range from a handful of highly trained troops to a large force of perhaps battalion strength. They would often be parachuted into Occupied Europe behind the target, carry out their attack, or seize enemy technology, such as radar equipment, and then escape to the coast to be picked up by coastal forces motor boats or by submarines. In the Mediterranean, they often arrived by boat and left the same way. In North Africa, they drove through the desert far to the flank of the enemy, and then drove hard for their own lines, frequently having to go far South to avoid enemy troops. All of these attacks required extensive training, considerable courage and determination, and a fair measure of luck. What they shared in common were attacks that were most frequently self-contained campaigns or raids where they were dependent on their own resources until they could be extracted. Beach assault was a different activity because it involved reconnaissance and path finding for large forces being landed on heavily defended coasts. Their job involved going in at the early stages of planning and identifying the types of defence installed by the enemy, sampling the coast line to determine how well heavy vehicles could cope during the very vulnerable landings. Then they might have to return many times to check and recheck as the plans were put in place and the men and materials assembled for the assault. Finally, they would go back just ahead of the invasion fleet, marking the path for the landings. The author has carefully researched and collected anecdotes that combine to provide a vivid picture of this critical organization that laid the foundations for successful beach assaults and then participated in the hottest stages of the actions.