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- DescriptionAlways marked out for high rank, Robert Laycock came into his own when selected to raise 8 Commando, a new 'crack' unit early in the Second World War. After training, 7, 8 and 11 Commandos were sent to the Middle East in early 1941 and all became Layforce under Laycock's command. Layforce was disbanded after Crete fell. Laycock took part in the abortive raid on Rommel's HQ. As commander of the Special Service Brigade Laycock played an important role in the Sicily landings and at Saler. In October 1943 he succeeded Mountbatten as Chief of Combined Operations, coordinating combined services operations and training and attending Allied conferences. In later life Laycock became Goverr of Malta and Colonel of the SAS. In this long overdue biography, the author reveals the detail of this fine soldier's character and superb military record.
- Author BiographyRichard Mead was educated at Marlborough College and Pembroke College, Cambridge. He has written General 'Boy': The Life of Lieutenant General Sir Frederick Browning and The Last Great Cavalryman: The Life of General Sir Richard McCreery, Commander Eighty Army and The Men Behind Monty all in print with Pen and Sword Military. The latter title has been short lived for The British Army Military History Prize. Richard and his wife live in Gloucestershire and he has two grown-up sons.
- Author(s)Richard Mead
- PublisherPen & Sword Books Ltd
- Date of Publication02/11/2016
- SubjectBiography: Historical, Political & Military
- Place of PublicationSouth Yorkshire
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintPen & Sword Military
- Content Note16pp of B&W plates
- Width156 mm
- Height234 mm
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