Churchill's Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare: The Mavericks Who Plotted Hitler's Defeat
Six gentlemen, one goal: the destruction of Hitler's war machine
In the spring of 1939, a top-secret organization was founded in London: its purpose was to plot the destruction of Hitler's war machine through spectacular acts of sabotage.
The guerrilla campaign that followed was every bit as extraordinary as the six men who directed it. One of them, Cecil Clarke, was a mav...more
I landed here as I sat down to write a review of the Giles Milton book, which is first rate.
Titles cannot be copyrighted, but you can't help but wonder, looking at the cover of the two books, if they are not at least dueling versions of the same fascinating story. The answer may be simple, two writers were working on the same material and produced books at the same time. Perhaps because previously classified material was made public. If there has been a story about the coincidence of these two books, I haven't seen it.
I see on Amazon your book on ungentlemanly warfare. It has an almost identical title to the one by Giles Milton. I do not see this book on your site or in your wikipedia bio.
Even the cover is remarkabbly similar.
Both seem to have come out in 2016?
How did this book come to be and why is it not listed?
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Gubbins’s task would be to plan a dirty, mischievous and thoroughly ungentlemanly war against Hitler’s Nazis.
Few in the regular army had any experience of fighting an ungentlemanly war. Gubbins’s priority was to prepare an instruction manual in such warfare, setting out in terse prose how best to kill ...more
The book depicts the act of sabotage and gorilla warfare as though its an necessity - which at the time it was. However by its very nature (and something that is referred to several times both by the author and in quotes of some of dialogue referred to in this book) as ungentlemanly. The fact you are referring to death and destruction is almost a side effect. The way in which seemingly average people set themselves about the promotion and devel ...more
The best World War Two history I’ve read in years. One blurb claims, “The last untold story of World War Two.” And a critical story it is. An unlikely collection of English men and women, working outside normal channels but with cover by the prime minister, develop and field weapons which solve many problems critical to England’s survival and eventual victory ...more
If you have any interest in WW2, ...more
Milton draws on multiple sources to provide a comprehensive and seamless narrative, including the campaign of obstruction that was waged against t ...more
Sadly, no evidence exists of their exploits. The facilities that were utilized have either been destroyed or turned back to the ...more
The book tells the story of a small group of mavericks who disdained the grinding bureaucracy, mindless discipline and conventional thinking of both the British Army and government ministries, leading up to and during World War II. They knew that in 1940 Britain was facing its darkest hour, an expression we associate with Winston Churchill, of course, who coined i ...more
Humor and grit.
Let me begin by saying that the title--accurate as it is--left me smiling. Leave it to the e ...more
Here we have a group of people, starting out small in a single office in an anonymous building in London but later being able to to commandeer huge estates almost at will and having access to resources denied other parts of the military. This was the group ...more
A couple of months ago I won an advanced copy of Giles Milton’s book entitled Churchill’s Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare from the Goodreads Giveaways program. The book generally tells of some of the World War II activities of the British Special Operations Executive. The SOE, as it was called, was, among other things, formed to conduct espionage, sabotage and reconnaissance, and to design and construct special weapons, explosives and devices. While some in the military and government conside ...more
This is the story of the British saboteurs, the British bombs, and the British bombmakers of World War II, and how they played a major role in winning the war for the Allies. Giles Milton teaches us about different kind of bombs -- he makes the mortar ...more
This book is the best, if not the only, nonfiction thriller that I have ever read. The story that Milton pieces together from interviews, documents, and ...more
It is a good read, and tells us something about the second world war. A few people (two hundred men and women) can help win a war. The story is about two groups, the Special Operations Executive led by Colin Gubbins and Military Intelligence (Research) led by Millis Jefferis.
One group would pioneer weapons that would change the outcome of ...more
Knowledgeable, insati ...more