Churchill's Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare: The Mavericks Who Plotted Hitler's Defeat

Author(s): Giles Milton

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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 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 favorite, Reinhard Heydrich. Another, William Fairbairn, was a portly pensioner with an unusual passion: he was the world's leading expert in silent killing, 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, aided by a group of formidable ladies, single-handedly changed the course of the Second World War: a cohort hand-picked by Winston Churchill, whom he called his Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare.

Giles Milton's Churchill's Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare is a gripping and vivid narrative of adventure and derring-do that is also, perhaps, the last great untold story of the Second World War.

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[A] wonderful book ... A fascinating and lively account ... Milton writes with a pace and panache suitable to the subject The Times What sets Milton's work apart from other recounting is his behind-the-scenes access to the stories of the small group of men who put their minds to creating new ways to wage war The Spectator Milton is a meticulous researcher and masterful storyteller ... a fascinating account of England's top-secret operatives who designed and deployed the chilling but effective weapons of clandestine warfare USA Today Milton is a first-rate storyteller ... a rousing account - and celebration - of most insidious heroes Wall Street Journal [Giles Milton] writes with relish about the eccentrics who dreamed up the likes of anti-tank 'sticky bombs' while the adventures he describes could not be faster-moving or more exciting Literary Review This account of dirty bombs and derring-do rattles along with the pace of a spy novel Daily Express A magnificent story, brilliantly told. Read it! Anthony Horowitz Terrific ... a great read Ian Hislop

Giles Milton is a writer and historian. He is the internationally bestselling author of Nathaniel's Nutmeg, Big Chief Elizabeth, The Riddle and the Knight, White Gold, Samurai William, Paradise Lost, Wolfram and Russian Roulette. He has also written three novels and three children's books. His books have been translated into twenty languages. He lives in south London.

General Fields

  • : 9781444798982
  • : Hodder & Stoughton
  • : John Murray
  • : April 2017
  • : 198mm X 129mm X 23mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : June 2017
  • : books

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  • : 1
  • : English
  • : 368
  • : Giles Milton
  • : Paperback