Gentleman Jim: The Wartime Story of a Founder of the SAS and Special Services

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Gentleman Jim: The Wartime Story of a Founder of the SAS and Special Services

Gentleman Jim: The Wartime Story of a Founder of the SAS and Special Services

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He and other, rather idealistic, young men had suffered and lost together but they had not given up their ideals. From there he masterminded a successful escape with four others, but, when one of them developed pneumonia, they decided to give themselves up. Most of the enemy aircraft had been moved at the last moment but they destroyed those that remained. Twelve men lay on their stomachs around a camp fire, facing outwards, with their feet towards the glowing embers. At a personal level, it reveals more of the enigma of this quiet-spoken Special Forces hero and the kind of family life experienced my brother, my sister and me, as we grew up in an SAS family.

Stirling's original idea was based on the notion that 'small is beautiful', especially when it comes accompanied by the element of surprise and the freedom of complete flexibility, to do whatever is required in any given situation to achieve the objective. Apart from the continued bombardment of Tobruk, which was besieged but still held on, peace appeared to have settled over the Western Desert. He showed great resource in managing to extricate this party with only one casualty, although all but one of his trucks had been destroyed. Some soldiers would see any concern for the enemy as a sign of weakness, while many of those overly-worried about the enemy would have difficulty being necessarily brutal even in the heat of battle.Blakeney laid up until dawn and then found himself with a few survivors including the officer he had dropped with, Lt Eoin McGonigal. The camp commandant gave Almonds a set of civilian clothes and asked if he could go out to report where the Germans were in the area.

We in Britain are very blessed by our Special Forces, arguably the best in the world, and this true account of one of the original members of the SAS is an inspiration to those who follow him behind enemy lines, even today. This book recounts post-war unreported military and police operations in those theatres - through the story of one man. The hand-picked men were drilled in Stirling’s guerrilla tactics based around the actions of Blakeny and the Tobruk Four.Meet the Lincolnshire man who lived possibly one of the most extraordinary and unusual lives of anybody from our county in the last 100 years.

So they would aim for the highest, most testing levels of endurance and performance when they were undergoing training. She has enjoyed full access to Earl Jellicoe’s papers and letters and has interviewed him and many friends, acquaintances and contacts while writing this book. During the breakout, he had overpowered, tied up and gagged an Italian officer, removing the man’s teeth in the process. Jim Almonds, a sergeant in the Guards Commandos, sailed for the Middle East as part of “Layforce” in January 1941, with David Stirling and others destined to become SAS L Detachment “originals. During the blistering heat of the day, they tested their skills and endurance at remaining hidden close to the Axis lines and pioneered the tactics that would form the basis of the training of special forces in the future.His light brown hair, receding slightly at the temples, framed a habitual wide grin that revealed big, strong teeth. Wainman, with Blakeney and Alec Hay had fought back with their twin Vickers machine guns against the 20mm cannon and heavy armour of the German armoured vehicles “until the enemy were so close they were throwing hand grenades from their turrets”.



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