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VINE VOICEon June 24, 2012
SPEC OPS Dirty Dozen!

Gavin Mortimer's book "The Daring Dozen: 12 Special Forces Legends of World War II" details some of the most extraordinary and famous axis and Allied special warfare specialist of the era. The gentlemen (I use the term loosely) covered in this book are considered in most cases of fathers of modern special operations. This book details the likes of David Stirling, father of the Special Air Service (SAS) unit and concept. The book also discusses Ralph Bagnold, the first commander and creator of the Long Range Desert Group (LRDG). As well, the book delves into lesser-known characters, but just as influential to the special operations community as the aforementioned like, Adrain Von Folkersam of the German Special Forces Brandenburgers, a multiracial and cultural unit used to infiltrate Allied units. Also, Junio Valerio Borghese of the Italian 10th light flotilla, the forerunners to all naval special warfare, which include units like the United States Navy SEALs today. In this book the author offers skillful analysis of these individuals, their qualities as military commanders and their true impact on special operations today. Many of the individuals in this book have been covered elsewhere and some even have whole books dedicated to them. However I found this book to be straightforward with excellent analysis, covering all the salient points of how these individuals affected operations in World War II and how the ultimately set the groundwork of the development of modern special forces. I highly recommend this book to anybody wanting to understand the evolution of special warfare from the creator's viewpoints.
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on August 1, 2013
I was just enthralled and was so proud of our soldiers! We need to be more aware of the strength our soldiers bare and then just come home be the great sons, fathers and husbands that we know. How lucky we are!
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on September 26, 2015
Not great - interesting but the stories are spotty, disjointed and missing information. Hard to stay engaged with the book
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