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A Perfect Hell The True Story of the Black Devils the Forefathers of the Special Forces

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Uarter of the Anzio beachhead against a vastly superior German force for ninety nine days; a force of only 1200 commandos does the work of a full division of over 17000 troops Though badly outnumbered the FSSF takes the fight to the Germans sending nighttime patrols behind enemy lines and taking prisoners It is here that they come to be known among the dispirited Germans as Schwartzer Teufel “Black Devils” for their black camouflage face paint and their terrifying tactic of appearing out of the darknessJohn Nadler vividly captures the savagery of the Italian campaign fought as it was at close uarters and with desperate resolve and the deeply human experiences of the individual men called upon to fight it Based on extensive archival research and interviews with veterans A Perfect Hell is an important contribution to Canadian military history and an indispensable account of the lives and battlefield exploits of the men who turned the tide of the Second World W. Not the movieInstead realitya tough read in many ways but n

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It’s 1942 and Hitler’s armies stand astride Europe like a colossus Germany is winning on every front This is the story of how one of the world’s first commando units put together for the invasion of Norway helped turn the tide in Italy1942 When the British generals recommend an audacious plan to parachute a small elite commando unit into Norway in a bid to put Nazi Germany on the defensive Winston Churchill is intrigued But Britain fighting for its life can’t spare the manpower to participate So William Lyon MacKenzie King is contacted and asked to commit Canadian troops to the bold plan King determined to join Roosevelt and Churchill as an eual leader in the Allied war effort agreesOne of the world’s first commando units the First Special Service Force or FSSF is assembled from hand picked soldiers from Canadian and American regiments Any troops sent into Norway will have to be rugged self sufficient brave and weather hardened Canada has such men in am. An interesting an informative read The FSSF was a uniue for

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Ple supplyThe all volunteer FSSF comprises outdoorsmen trappers rangers prospectors miners loggers Assembled at an isolated base in Helena Montana and given only five months to train before the invasion they are schooled in parachuting mountain climbing cross country skiing and cold weather survival They are taught how to handle explosives how to operate nearly every field weapon in the American and German arsenals and how to kill with their bare handsAfter the Norway plan is scrapped the FSSF is dispatched to Italy and given its first test to seize a key German mountain top position which had repelled the brunt of the Allied armies for over a month In a reprise of the audacity and careful planning that won Vimy Ridge for the Canadians in WWI the FSSF takes the twin peaks Monte la Difensa and Monte la Remetanea by storming the supposedly unscalable rock face at the rear of the German position and opens the way through the mountainsLater the FSSF will hold one. Descriptive and detailed a story of the Allied Special Forc

  • Hardcover
  • 398
  • A Perfect Hell The True Story of the Black Devils the Forefathers of the Special Forces
  • John Nadler
  • English
  • 26 April 2017
  • 9780739465042

8 thoughts on “A Perfect Hell The True Story of the Black Devils the Forefathers of the Special Forces

  1. says:

    A Perfect Hell is a well written book detailing the creation of the First Special Service Force in World War II As part of the lineage of modern day Special Forces this unit is fascinating The book begins with a detailed description of the creation of a hybrid US and Canadian force specialized in arctic warfare during an especially bleak period of the war It then details their brutal training and the period when the unit was caught in limbo The baptism by fire of the unit was in fierce fighting in Italy Upper echelons still did not truly believe in capabilities of the unit but the Germans did once they faced them in battle The book then describes what happened to surviving members of the 1st SSF including the founder Colonel Robert Frederick Illustrated with maps and genuine photographs A Perfect Hell The True Story of the Black Devils the Forefathers of the Special Forces is a must read for anyone who enjoys WW II history or military history in general

  2. says:

    An interesting an informative read The FSSF was a uniue force with a leader on par with the legendary David Sterling who founded the SAS It's achievements were unfortunately overshadowed by the better known Darby's Rangers This is a well written account that gives the force the respect it is due

  3. says:

    Descriptive and detailed a story of the Allied Special Forces unit formed with US and CDN men Plenty of of personal accounts personalities achievements and failures of the unit Decent stuff Pulls no punches My cousin gave me this book

  4. says:

    My Remembrance Day tradition is to read a book about the military or military service including UN missions as well as viewpoints of civilians in wartime situationsA Perfect Hell is a fantastic non fiction account of the combined WWII Canadian and US unit that was one of the first dedicated special ops or 'commando' units in the world; the First Special Service Force These were the men on whom the movie 'The Devil's Brigade' was based; only they were real people This book covers not only their battles but also the selection and training processes they endured An excellent read

  5. says:

    Excellent account of WII Special ForcesI didn't know this outfit existed as the author said once it was disbanded it was forgotten; overshadowed by D Day In fact I really haven't read too much on the Italian Campaign at all But I read of a local Washington IN veteran who was part of the FSSF unit His daughter was going to DC to accept an honor being presented to the unit That piued my interest Good read about WWII

  6. says:

    Not the movieInstead realitya tough read in many ways but not because of the writing Hell captures it but the honest often comes through that way Excellent read if you are interested in the history of those awesome WW II soldiers who opened the door to Rome in every sense of the word the 'Black Devils' I raise my glass to them and to Nadler for putting it into print Well done

  7. says:

    If WW11 history is your thing this is an enjoyable and very informative read John Nadler has really brought the history of the AmericanCanadian commandos to life Its also a real compliment to the Canadians who fought in this war

  8. says:

    11208 Uggh This is a somewhat painful read It is a list of events than a story I'd recommend only for the hardcore In retrospect I garnered most everything of interest from reading the title

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