Endorsed at the highest level by Churchill, who wanted British raiders to take the fight to the enemy shore, fifty commandos were formed into a secret army - the elite Maid Honor unit, later renamed the Small Scale Raiding Force. Created to make mayhem and sow fear in the hearts of those guarding the enemy shore, every man was a handpicked volunteer.
In almost twenty daring missions to the rock-bound coasts of enemy occupied Brittany and Normandy, they kidnapped sentries, seized code books and ciphers, ransacked barracks and ambushed patrols. In doing so they wreaked havoc along the rim of Hitler's Festung Europa. In almost forensic detail, Tom Keene tells their extraordinary story of courage and daring, patriotism and friendship.
Tom Keene is the winner of the Royal Marines' Historical Award, the European Community's prestigious Prix Stendhal, and the Roland Lewinsky Scholarship. He is the author of Cloak of Enemies. Major-General Julian Thompson is a military historian and a former officer of the British royal marines. He is the author of Call to Arms, Dunkirk, and Royal Marines.