Popski's Private Army

Author: Vladimir Peniakoff

Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson

ISBN: 9781474609692

Category: History

Page: 464

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In October 1942, with the sanction of the army, Vladimir Peniakoff (nicknamed Popski) formed his own elite fighting force. By befriending and enlisting desert Arabs, he was able to penetrate deep into German territory without being detected - over the next year, 'Popski's Private Army' carried out a series of raids behind the German lines that were truly spectacular. A bestseller when it was first published in 1950, POPSKI'S PRIVATE ARMY is a classic account of the war in the desert, and later in Italy, as seen through the eyes of a maverick soldier, hailed as the Second World War's answer to T.E. Lawrence.

Schoolboy to Soldier 1935-1945

Author: Clement Hoyle


ISBN: 1843941783

Category: Hoyle, Clement

Page: 243

View: 4314


'Schoolboy to Soldier' is the story of how a boy of 14 years old joined the Army and became a soldier of the Second World War. It embraces enlistment and training with special emphasis on the almost impossible standards set by the workshops.

Reader's Guide to Military History

Author: Charles Messenger

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135959706

Category: History

Page: 986

View: 1603


This book contains some 600 entries on a range of topics from ancient Chinese warfare to late 20th-century intervention operations. Designed for a wide variety of users, it encompasses general reviews of aspects of military organization and science, as well as specific wars and conflicts. The book examines naval and air warfare, as well as significant individuals, including commanders, theorists, and war leaders. Each entry includes a listing of additional publications on the topic, accompanied by an article discussing these publications with reference to their particular emphases, strengths, and limitations.

Fighting with Popski's Private Army

Author: Park Yunnie

Publisher: Frontline Books

ISBN: 9781848326163

Category: History

Page: 384

View: 477


This is the story of Popski's famous fighting unit, in the words of his second-in-command. Captain Bob Yunnie, MC, aka Park Yunnie, became the first recruit to the special unit founded in Cairo by Major Vladimir Peniakoff (Popski). As Eighth Army advances towards Tripoli, PPA sets out in jeeps across the desert to mount raids behind the Mareth Line. Yunnie relives the ensuing action at Gafsa and Kasserine, and vividly depicts the sorties which took the men straight across the German Line of Command. As Tunis falls to the Allies on 7 May 1943, PPA train for raids on the Italian mainland. They are dropped by RAF gliders in central Italy, where they set about blowing up strategic targets while waiting for the Allied landings. Yunnie is given his own patrol, and in the narrative that follows, colourful characters flit in and out of the front-line action in the mountains of Southern Italy. Yunnie's account is an honest, extremely personal, expose of the thrills and occasional pitfalls of life with Popski and his men. He captures the tumultuous nature of fighting in a nomadic unit that drifted between British and American command, but whose contribution to the Allied war effort in North Africa and Italy remains immeasurable.

Popski’s Private Army

Author: Lt.-Col. Vladimir Peniakoff DSO MC

Publisher: Pickle Partners Publishing

ISBN: 1786258722

Category: History

Page: 494

View: 5496


In October 1942, Vladimir Peniakoff (nicknamed Popski) formed his own elite fighting force in the North African desert. Over the next year ‘Popski’s Private Army’ carried out a series of daring raids behind the German lines that were truly spectacular—freeing prisoners, destroying installations, spreading alarm. This, one of the classic memoirs of the Second World War, is their story. ‘A story of adventure...which has no rival in the literature of any war.’—DAILY EXPRESS ‘This is certainly among the best of war books...splendid writing.’—THE OBSERVER ‘One of the small handful of really first-class war books. A superb story of adventure told masterfully, brilliantly.’—EVENING STANDARD ‘His courage, resourcefulness and qualities of leadership deservedly gained him a high reputation. He has now shown that he also possesses unusual literary talent.’—THE DAILY TELEGRAPH

Martha Gellhorn

A Life

Author: Caroline Moorehead

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1409079481

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 560

View: 3169


Martha Gelhorn's journalism tracks many of the flashpoints of the twentieth century; as a young woman she witnessed the suffering of the American Depression and risked her life in the Spanish Civil War. Her dispatches from the front made her a legend, yet her private was often messy and volcanic. Her determination to be a war correspondent - and her conspicuous success - contributed to the breakdown of her infamously stormy marriage to Ernest Hemingway. In this mesmerising biography of a life that spanned the twentieth century, Moorehead reveals how passionately Martha fought against injustice, and how determined she was to catch the human story.

A B Sea

A Loose-footed Lexicon

Author: Jack Lagan

Publisher: Sheridan House, Inc.

ISBN: 9781574091595

Category: Reference

Page: 362

View: 3023


This entertaining dictionary of the language and legends of seafarers of the 21st century contains all the words known by Jack Lagan about the sea which turns out to be hundreds of terms ranging from bumkin and fiddle block, to global positioning system and whisky. The cross-referenced definitions

Warriors On Wheels

Author: Capt. Robert “Park” Yunnie MC

Publisher: Pickle Partners Publishing

ISBN: 1787200000

Category: History

Page: 348

View: 5126


Captain Robert Park Yunnie MC (1909-1961) was one of the original officers of “Popski’s Private Army” (officially No. 1 Demolition Squadron, PPA), a unit of British Special Forces set up on Cairo in October 1942 by Major Vladimir Peniakoff, MC (“Popski”). Capt. Yunnie was Popski’s second in command and leader of “B” patrol. “This is the true story of a small group of men who enjoyed World War II. The war was not of their seeking, few of them knew anything about war or wanted it, but when it came they volunteered as a matter of course. One by one, led by a love of adventure, they gravitated to a special service unit called ‘Popski’s Private Army’. I was second-in-command of Popski’s Private Army. I was the first recruit. I trained the men and knew them intimately. I fought with them and joked with them. I shared their triumphs, their failures and their fears. I saw some of them die. I loved these men and was honoured by their friendship and their faith. This story should have been written long ago, when the war ended. It was, but in a different form, and never published; now I have found time to rewrite it, just as it happened during the years of the war.”-Author’s Preface.

World War II Resources on the Internet

Author: Roland H. Worth

Publisher: McFarland & Company Incorporated Pub

ISBN: 9780786414369

Category: Computers

Page: 311

View: 1106


This book is a detailed guide to the enormous number of World War II resources available on the Internet. A brief description and summary of the information on each website is provided.


A Monthly Review of Parliamentary and Local Government

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: Great Britain

Page: N.A

View: 7754