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The Black Devil Brigade

4.33  ·  Rating details ·  36 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
They were the shock troops of the American Army. In their ranks were lumberjacks, miners, skiers men from the United States and Canada, accustomed to hardship and living on their own. Their training was extraordinary: forced marches of 100 miles in the Montana wilderness with 50-pound backpacks was typical. Weapons training was equally rigorous and the men became as danger ...more
Paperback, 297 pages
Published December 1st 2003 by iBooks (first published July 2001)
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Brandon Jensen
Feb 05, 2009 rated it really liked it
I finally finished this book about the First Special Service Force (aka The Black Devils Brigade). This was my grandpa's unit during WWII and was the first real special forces unit as we know them today. The book takes quotes from interviews from members of the Force (as they were known) and lines them up chronologically to give a picture from the soldiers' perspective of the war and this unit. The interesting thing is the unit was made of both American and Canadian soldiers who became so integr ...more
Bill Sharp
Nov 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a good oral history, and I would of given it a 5 instead of a 4 if the author had of followed up with where each of the Canadian and American soldiers profiled in the book went after the FSSF was disbanded. It was an informative and interesting read nonetheless.

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Jason M Waltz
Feb 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nf-military, bios, ww2
Excellent book of live recollections of the time and lives of the First Special Service Force. Good mix of ranks and experiences at all stages of their existence, from creation through training to Italy and disbandment. Sad and happy and scary and angry and beautiful moments are told by those who lived them and survived about themselves and about those who lived them and did not survive. Extremely informative without being difficult to read, it is also extremely evocative of comradeship, loyalty ...more
Tayvonne
Jun 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Easily on the of the most unique special operations books I eve read because it covers a group generally unknown to the public and the way it was written following the story through the surviving warriors was something I've never read before.

It isn't just a different way to read a story but a great story on its own and if this is a topic you are interested in this will easily become a favorite of yours. This books is infinitely more badass than all of Bruce Willis's and Arnold's movies put toge
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Dave Jones
Aug 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
First person oral history of the First Special Services Force. Interesting perspective. These guys were both brave and nuts. Nice to read the story in their own words and not through the filter of a "historian".
Chris
Oct 18, 2007 rated it really liked it
As usual I am reading a ton of books at the same time. Had to throw another WWII one in.
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