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  • Ian Fleming's Commandos: The Story of the Legendary 30 Assault Unit | Nicholas Rankin

    Ian Fleming's Commandos: The Story of the Legendary 30 Assault Unit

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Nicholas Rankin
    • Narrated By Napoleon Ryan
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    In 1941, the United Kingdom faced its darkest hour: It stood alone against the Germans, who had chased British forces out of France, Norway, and Greece. All it had left were desperate measures - commando raids, intelligence coups, feats of derring-do. Any such "novel enterprise", wrote Admiral John Godfrey, Director of Naval Intelligence, required "an officer with drive and imagination of the highest order". He found one in Commander Ian Fleming.

    Jean says: "Lots of information about Commandos"
  • A Genius for Deception: How Cunning Helped the British Win Two World Wars | Nicholas Rankin

    A Genius for Deception: How Cunning Helped the British Win Two World Wars

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Nicholas Rankin
    • Narrated By Napoleon Ryan
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    In A Genius for Deception, Nicholas Rankin offers a lively and comprehensive history of how Britain bluffed, tricked, and spied its way to victory in two world wars. As Rankin shows, a coherent program of strategic deception emerged in World War I, resting on the pillars of camouflage, propaganda, secret intelligence, and special forces. All forms of deception found an avid sponsor in Winston Churchill, who carried his enthusiasm for deceiving the enemy into World War II.

    Jean says: "A page turner"
  • Defending the Rock

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    • By Nicholas Rankin
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    Two months before he shot himself, Adolf Hitler saw where it had all gone wrong. By failing to seize Gibraltar in the summer of 1940, he lost the war. The Rock of Gibraltar looked formidable but was extraordinarily vulnerable. Though menaced on all sides by Nazi Germany, Fascist Italy, Vichy France and Francoist Spain, every day Gibraltar had to let thousands of people cross its frontier to work, among them spies and saboteurs eager to blow up its 25 miles of secret tunnels.

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