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    Lorna Almonds Windmill(Author)

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The true story of one of the SAS originals, 'Gentleman Jim' Almonds' remarkable history is set in wartime England, the western desert, Italy and France and recounts his formative role in the birth of the SAS. Against a background of love, courage and survival against all the odds, this book captures the real spirit of the young soldiers in the new Special Air Service.
Jim Almonds, a sergeant in the Guards Commandos, sailed for the Middle East in 1941 to become an SAS 'original'. After action at Tobruk and elsewhere, Almonds was captured and shipped to a POW camp in Italy, he escaped and later,
in occupied France, won the Croix de Guerre. Based on his diaries,
the action throughout is vivid and immediate.

'Thrilling adventure story . . . a rare and fascinating glimpse into the creation of the SAS' Spectator

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  • By Mal. Wilson on 10 June 2017

    It arrived well before the time stated and is in excellent which is great customer service. It is a great true story and have nearly read it in a shot time.I will admit that it still puzzles me how these men did such great deeds and remained very quiet after it was all over about what they had done

  • By J on 13 June 2002

    This book descibes the true meaning of the word "Gentleman". Jim Almonds is a member of an elite group, I'm not just talking about his SAS service, but of a man who's generation suffered such horrendous sacrifices,which gave us all the freedom we so much take for granted today. We owe it to men like Jim to take some time to understand their lives and those of their families during those dark days of WW2. I was priveleged some years back to meet Jim Almonds,whom I found to be a warm/gentle man, and a person who had time to listen to others. He would make you feel as if he had always known you, and would understate his military career, if you could manage to get him to talk about it in the first place. Jim's daughter Lorna has paid a great tribute to her father in this facinating book, and has contributed to the history of the SAS Regiment, through the first hand accounts written at the time by Jim. This is a must read for anyone wanting an insight into the mind of a great soldier and a fine human being.

  • By Ephemeral on 23 August 2002

    Considering how many SAS books there are this is a real find, the subject having done fairly amazing things - SAS founder , raids, captured escaped captured escaped, back to Blighty and parachuted ino France before D-Day to help Fr. resistance...in short an old-fashioned hero, and modest to boot. The book is pretty good too on the personal side, the account of how hard he was to live with the first time he returned, and how the family put itself together is something the 'I slotted a Taliban SAS books often skip. Well worth it.


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