By Giles Milton
Six gentlemen, one goal - the destruction of Hitler's war machine.
In the spring of 1939, a top secret organisation 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 to prove every bit as extraordinary as the six gentlemen who directed it. Winston Churchill selected them because they were wildly creative and thoroughly ungentlemanly. One of them, Cecil Clarke, was a maverick engineer who had spent the 1930s inventing futuristic caravans. Now, his talents were put to more devious use: he built the dirty bomb used to assassinate Hitler's favourite, Reinhard Heydrich. Another member of the team, William Fairbairn, was a portly pensioner with an unusual passion: he was the world's leading expert in silent killing. He was hired to train the guerrillas being parachuted behind enemy lines.
Led by dapper Scotsman Colin Gubbins, these men - along with three others - formed a secret inner circle that planned the most audacious sabotage attacks of the Second World War. Winston Churchill called it his Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare. The six 'ministers', aided by a group of formidable ladies, were so effective that they single-handedly changed the course of the war.
A fascinating story, well written and full of characters, players in a world drama of life and death.
Arrived quickly and well packed. The book is a great read and well written, keeping me hooked and reading into the small hours.
Superb book about an utterly brilliant group of characters. The bravery of the men and women who used the inventions is indescribable and I was in awe of their adventures. Considering the subject there were some laugh out loud moments too. Highly recommended.
Arrived much quicker than expected. Did not think my order (to Canada) would have arrived before Christmas, it was here well in advance. Website showed one of the books I ordered as available it was not (was cancelled). I had no opportunity to substitute for a different book even though I was charge the original postage amount.
I could have ordered these books locally but I wanted to support The Tank Museum. You folks are doing a great job. Will order something again from your shop in the future.
I bought this as a gift for a Churchill fan and I think he's going to love it. It arrived about a month after I ordered it which is pretty good for international shipping (UK to Canada).