Author(s): Tim Moreman
From their inception in June 1940, British Commando units conducted a succession of daring hit-and-run raids from the sea into North-West Europe, Scandinavia, Italy and the Middle East. Among the highly publicised Commando operations were the raids on Vaagso, Dieppe, and St Nazaire. The Commandos also spawned a range of other Special Forces, including the Special Air Service, Special Boat Service and the Parachute Regiment. This book provides a detailed examination of the Army (and later Royal Marine) Commandos raised in the United Kingdom, from 1940 through to 1946, when the Army Commandos were disbanded and the role was assigned exclusively to the Royal Marines.
This compact book is recommended to those interested in special forces planning for expeditionary operations as well as those interested in a short history of the Army Commandos complete with tables of organization, equipment and the historically significant battle honours. As a handy reference for building an organization or a starting point for future in-depth reference, British Commandos: 1940-46 is highly recommended. "Lieutenant-Colonel Robert S Williams MSM CD, The Canadian Army Journal (Summer 2007)""
Tim Moreman is a freelance writer and academic. For several years he lectured in the Department of War Studies at King's College London, where he also obtained his PhD. He also held a six-month appointment as Resident Historian at the Army Staff College at Camberley. In addition to a number of articles and papers, he has also worked for the new 'Dictionary of National Biography' and acted as a historical adviser for the BBC and Carlton Television. This is his first book for Osprey. He is based in Somerset, UK.