A Perfect Hell: The Forgotten Story of the Canadian Commandos of the Second World War
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A Perfect Hell: The Forgotten Story of the Canadian Commandos of the Second World War

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It’s 1942 and Hitler’s armies stand astride Europe like a colossus. Germany is winning on every front. This is the story of how one of the world’s first commando units, put together for the invasion of Norway, helped turn the tide in Italy.


1942. When the British generals recommend an audacious plan to parachute a small elite commando unit into Norway in a bid to put Nazi G...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published October 3rd 2006 by Anchor Canada (first published November 1st 2005)
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Doug DePew
"A Perfect Hell" is a well written book detailing the creation of the First Special Service Force in World War II. As part of the lineage of modern day Special Forces, this unit is fascinating. The book begins with a detailed description of the creation of a hybrid U.S. and Canadian force specialized in arctic warfare during an especially bleak period of the war. It then details their brutal training and the period when the unit was caught in limbo.

The baptism by fire of the unit was in fierce...more
Patrick Laughy
Not the movie...Instead reality...a tough read in many ways, but not because of the writing. Hell captures it, but the honest often comes through that way. Excellent read if you are interested in the history of those awesome WW II soldiers who opened the door to Rome in every sense of the word, the 'Black Devils'. I raise my glass to them and to Nadler for putting it into print. Well done!
Sandra Woods
My Remembrance Day tradition is to read a book about the military or military service, including UN missions as well as viewpoints of civilians in wartime situations.
A Perfect Hell is a fantastic non-fiction account of the combined WWII Canadian and US unit that was one of the first dedicated special ops or 'commando' units in the world; the First Special Service Force. These were the men on whom the movie 'The Devil's Brigade' was based; only they were real people... This book covers not only t...more
Mike
If WW11 history is your thing, this is an enjoyable and very informative read. John Nadler has really brought the history of the American/Canadian commandos to life. Its also a real compliment to the Canadians who fought in this war.
Tammy
11/2/08 Uggh. This is a somewhat painful read. It is more a list of events than a story. I'd recommend only for the hardcore. In retrospect, I garnered most everything of interest from reading the title.
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