Fighting With Popski's Private Army

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Author(s): Park Yunnie
Original Publish Date: Dec 01, 2011
Product Number: EB00804124
Released: Feb 03, 2020
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781783031726
Publisher: Pen & Sword Books
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Description

This WWII memoir gives the inside story of Britain's legendary demolition squadron and their daring escapades in Italy and Norther Africa. During the Second World War, a Russian-born emigre named Vladimir Peniakoff emerged as a decorated officer of the British Special Forces in Cairo. Code-named Popski, he started the No. 1 Demolition Squadron—known as Popski's Private Army—charged with thwarting Field-Marshal Rommel's fuel supply in Northern Africa. This is the story of Popski's famous fighting unit as told by his second-in-command, Captain Bob (Park) Yunnie. As Britain's Eighth Army advanced toward Tripoli, PPA set out in jeeps across the desert to mount raids behind the Mareth Line in Southern Tunisia. In his lively and intimate account, Yunnie describes the ensuing action at Gafsa and Kasserine, and vividly depicts the sorties which took the men straight across the German Line of Command. As Tunis fell to the Allies on May, 7th, 1943, PPA began raid operations for the Italian Campaign. Dropped into Central Italy by RAF gliders, they set about blowing up strategic targets while waiting for the Allied landings. Yunnie takes command of his own patrol, and through a series of daring missions, colorful characters flit in and out of the front-line action.