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In the dark days of 1940, following the fall of France and the evacuation of Dunkirk, Churchill boldly ordered the raising of a new elite fighting force - The Commandos. A succession of daring raids on occupied Europe raised the Allies' flagging morale and made the Commandos one of the most respected - and feared - units of World War II. Sixty years on, this book tells the extraordinary story of the training of that elite force. It traces the development of the extreme and often unorthodox training methods and techniques used to prepare for a wide range of operations and instil the indomitable fighting spirit with which the name "Commando" became synonymous.
Written by a founder member of the Commandos, this book also provides a unique insight into the lives of the men who pioneered this new style of military training which introduced such new military subjects as unarmed combat, cliff assaults, mountain warfare, amphibious landings from small boats and parachuting.
"Commando training" has since become the foundation for secret service and elite forces around the world. As well as being a book of significant interest to military historians, "It Had To Be Tough" holds valuable lessons for all those - military and civilian - in leadership and adventure training today and yet, at the same time, offers a fascinating story to interest all readers.
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Book Description Paperback. Condition: Very Good. The book has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged. Seller Inventory # GOR001443852
Book Description Paperback. Condition: Good. The book has been read but remains in clean condition. All pages are intact and the cover is intact. Some minor wear to the spine. Seller Inventory # GOR003665798
Book Description The Pentland Press, 2000. Condition: Good. 2nd Edition. Ships from the UK. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Seller Inventory # GRP109433263
Book Description The Pentland Press. PAPERBACK. Condition: Very Good. 1858217482 Books shipped daily. Professional seller. Seller Inventory # Z1858217482Z2
Book Description Pentland Press, 2000. Paperback. Condition: Very Good. No Jacket. 2nd Edition. 2000 Pentland Press second edition paperback; Very Good ex-library copy, usual plate and stamps, clean and protected in removable plastic cover; UK dealer, immediate dispatch. Seller Inventory # J699
Book Description Pentland Press, Australia, 2000. Soft cover. Condition: Fine. No Jacket. First Edition. Illustrated softcover is fine with gift inscription. Author's signed bookplate is attached to the half title page. Signed by Author(s). Book. Seller Inventory # 015987