Fighting With Popski’s Private Army

Author: Park Yunnie

Publisher: Casemate Publishers

ISBN: 1783031727

Category: History

Page: 384

View: 9137


This is the story of Popskis 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 the 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, colorful characters flit in and out of the front-line action in the mountains of Southern Italy.Yunnies account is an honest, extremely personal, expos of the thrills and occasional pitfalls of life with Popski and his men.

Popski's Private Army

Author: Vladimir Peniakoff

Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson

ISBN: 9781474609692

Category: History

Page: 464

View: 3320


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.

With Popski's Private Army

Author: Ben Owen

Publisher: Janus Publishing Company Lim

ISBN: 9781857565454

Category: World War, 1939-1945

Page: 218

View: 2477


The designation Popski's Private Army was suggested by General Sir John Hackett when he was in command of Special Forces in the Middle East in 1942. And so was born one of the colourful units for operating in enemy territory.

Special Operations in World War II

British and American Irregular Warfare

Author: Andrew L. Hargreaves

Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press

ISBN: 0806151277

Category: History

Page: 432

View: 3246


British and American commanders first used modern special forces in support of conventional military operations during World War II. Since then, although special ops have featured prominently in popular culture and media coverage of wars, the academic study of irregular warfare has remained as elusive as the practitioners of special operations themselves. This book is the first comprehensive study of the development, application, and value of Anglo-American commando and special forces units during the Second World War. Special forces are intensively trained, specially selected military units performing unconventional and often high-risk missions. In this book, Andrew L. Hargreaves not only describes tactics and operations but also outlines the distinctions between commandos and special forces, traces their evolution during the war, explains how the Anglo-American alliance functioned in the creation and use of these units, looks at their command and control arrangements, evaluates their impact, and assesses their cost-effectiveness. The first real impetus for the creation of British specialist formations came in the desperate summer of 1940 when, having been pushed out of Europe following defeat in France and the Low Countries, Britain began to turn to irregular forces in an effort to wrest back the strategic initiative from the enemy. The development of special forces by the United States was also a direct consequence of defeat. After Pearl Harbor, Hargreaves shows, the Americans found themselves in much the same position as Britain had been in 1940: shocked, outnumbered, and conventionally defeated, they were unable to come to grips with the enemy on a large scale. By the end of the war, a variety of these units had overcome a multitude of evolutionary hurdles and made valuable contributions to practically every theater of operation. In describing how Britain and the United States worked independently and cooperatively to invent and put into practice a fundamentally new way of waging war, this book demonstrates the two nations’ flexibility, adaptability, and ability to innovate during World War II.

Schoolboy to Soldier 1935-1945

Author: Clement Hoyle


ISBN: 1843941783

Category: Hoyle, Clement

Page: 243

View: 3885


'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: 7424


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.

Martha Gellhorn

A Life

Author: Caroline Moorehead

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1409079481

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 560

View: 4095


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.

Behind Enemy Lines

Author: James Dean Sanderson

Publisher: N.A


Category: World War, 1939-1945

Page: 322

View: 7639


Ten true accounts of World War II's secret raiders, both Allied and Axis.