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Operation Basalt: The British Raid on Sark and Hitler's Commando Order
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German soldiers assigned to guard the tiny Channel Island of Sark described it as a `little Paradise' and, because it was never bombed by the RAF, the best air-raid shelter in all of Europe. But paradise for them came to a bloody end in October 1942 when a small group of British Commandos raided the island, capturing one German soldier and killing several others.

Operation Basalt would have been a footnote in history but for the reaction of Hitler, who believed that British soldiers executed several Germans who had already surrendered and whose hands were bound. Days after the raid, he issued the infamous `Commando Order', a death sentence for those Allied commandos who fell into German hands.

Drawing on extensive archival research and interviews with survivors of the period, Eric Lee has written the definitive account of the raid, putting it into the context of the German occupation of British lands during the war.


"An authentic and compelling read" - Damien Lewis, best-selling author of Hunting Hitler's Nukes, Churchill's Secret Warriors, and The Nazi Hunters.

"Riveting" - The Wall Street Journal, August 12, 2016

"Gripping detail" - Jersey Evening Post, April 9, 2016

"Drawing on extensive research from a number of sources, including interviews with survivors from the period, the author tells the story of Operation Basalt for the very first time and exposes some fascinating detail which also puts into context the German wartime occupation of the Channel Islands ... Any reader with an interest in the war in the Channel Islands really needs to have this on his bookshelf!" - Britain at War, October 2016

"Well-researched ... a most informative read." - Channel Islands Occupation Society newsletter, June 2016

History & PoliticsMilitary HistorySecond World War Publisher: The History Press Ltd Publication Date: 01/09/2017 ISBN-13: 9780750984218  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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ERIC LEE is the author of Saigon to Jerusalem: Conversations with Israel's Vietnam Veterans, 'a significant presentation of the Vietnam conflict from a rare perspective' (Vietnam magazine). He served 11 years in the Israel Defence Forces reserves in a combat unit. He has written many articles for Modern Combat and other magazines. He lives in London.

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