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Churchill's Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare: The Mavericks Who… (original 2016; udgave 2017)

af Giles Milton (Forfatter)

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"Six gentlemen, one goal: the destruction of Hitler's war machine. In the spring of 1939, a top-secret organization was founded in London: its purpose was to plot the destruction of Hitler's war machine through spectacular acts of sabotage. The guerrilla campaign that followed was every bit as extraordinary as the six men who directed it. One of them, Cecil Clarke, was a maverick engineer who had spent the 1930s inventing futuristic caravans. Now, his talents were put to more devious use: he built the dirty bomb used to assassinate Hitler's favorite, Reinhard Heydrich. Another, William Fairbairn, was a portly pensioner with an unusual passion: he was the world's leading expert in silent killing, hired to train the guerrillas being parachuted behind enemy lines. Led by dapper Scotsman Colin Gubbins, these men--along with three others--formed a secret inner circle that, aided by a group of formidable ladies, single-handedly changed the course Second World War: a cohort hand-picked by Winston Churchill, whom he called his Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare. Churchill's Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare is a gripping and vivid narrative of adventure and derring-do that is also, perhaps, the last great untold story of the Second World War"--… (mere)
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Titel:Churchill's Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare: The Mavericks Who Plotted Hitler's Defeat
Forfattere:Giles Milton (Forfatter)
Info:Picador (2017), Edition: 1st Edition, 368 pages
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Churchill's Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare: The Mavericks Who Plotted Hitler's Defeat af Giles Milton (2016)

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    nessreader: There's a lot about SOE in Knightley's book, though he is less enthusiastic about the organisation and sceptical about its usefulness - interesting as a contrasting point of view. (Knightley generally seems to despise spies, in his entire book of 20th century spycraft)… (mere)
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Good overview of the UK's Special Operations Executive and affiliated organizations, covering both operational deployments (the famous raid on Norsk Hydro, attacks on the Peugeot works, the Fernando Po affair, counter-drydock operations on the Atlantic coast), as well as the creation, training, and operational structure, and the interesting bureaucratic work-arounds to support weapons manufacture (including some amazing weapons of WW2 -- the limpet mine, the anti-submarine "hedgehog", etc.). Focuses on 6 of the core personnel. Overall, very good, but each operation or equipment program really could be several books.

Particularly interesting was how many of the personnel were essentially a soft form of pacifists, and believed that SOE-type operations could save lives vs. strategic bombing and other combat, and several moved to that view after the war. ( )
  octal | Jan 1, 2021 |
«Uma história fantástica e contada de modo brilhante.»
Anthony Horowitz

Seis homens, um objetivo: derrotar Hitler.

Na primavera de 1939, nasceu em Londres uma organização secreta com o objetivo de planear a destruição da máquina de guerra de Hitler através de espetaculares atos de sabotagem. A campanha de guerra de guerrilha que se seguiu revelou-se tão extraordinária quanto os homens que a dirigiam.
Um deles era Cecil Clarke, um engenheiro que inventou várias bombas sujas, entre elas a que matou Reinhard Heydrich, o «Carniceiro de Praga». Outro dos homens era William Fairbairn, um reformado corpulento especialista na arte de matar silenciosamente.

Liderados pelo escocês Colin Gubbins, estes homens — juntamente com outros três — foram escolhidos por Churchill, pela sua criatividade e desprezo pelas regras de cavalheirismo, para formarem o seu Ministério da Guerra Suja.
Relatada com o entusiasmo e atenção aos pormenores de Giles Milton, esta talvez seja a última grande história por contar da Segunda Guerra Mundial. ( )
  LuisFragaSilva | Nov 8, 2020 |
Brilliantly researched history of the exceptional figures who developed unrivalled unique weaponry and sabotage techniques in the teeth of opposition from the establishment. ( )
  edwardsgt | Oct 14, 2020 |
Interesting story of the "dirty tricks" that were invented to cause constant trouble for the Germans during wwII. ( )
  addunn3 | Sep 21, 2020 |
This history of those who worked tirelessly to build and plan Britain's and indeed the Allies Special Forces and guerrilla operations and some of those who carried them out is thrilling, exhilarating and wonderfully informative. ( )
  Pezski | Jun 21, 2020 |
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"Six gentlemen, one goal: the destruction of Hitler's war machine. In the spring of 1939, a top-secret organization was founded in London: its purpose was to plot the destruction of Hitler's war machine through spectacular acts of sabotage. The guerrilla campaign that followed was every bit as extraordinary as the six men who directed it. One of them, Cecil Clarke, was a maverick engineer who had spent the 1930s inventing futuristic caravans. Now, his talents were put to more devious use: he built the dirty bomb used to assassinate Hitler's favorite, Reinhard Heydrich. Another, William Fairbairn, was a portly pensioner with an unusual passion: he was the world's leading expert in silent killing, hired to train the guerrillas being parachuted behind enemy lines. Led by dapper Scotsman Colin Gubbins, these men--along with three others--formed a secret inner circle that, aided by a group of formidable ladies, single-handedly changed the course Second World War: a cohort hand-picked by Winston Churchill, whom he called his Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare. Churchill's Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare is a gripping and vivid narrative of adventure and derring-do that is also, perhaps, the last great untold story of the Second World War"--

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