Mission 101

Mission 101

eBook - 2012
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In late 1940 a group of five young Australian soldiers set out on a secret mission: one of the Second World War's most daring operations and the first for Britain's legendry Special Operations Executive.Leading a small force of Ethiopian freedom fighters on an epic trek across the harsh African bush from the Sudan, the small incursion force entered Italian-occupied Ethiopia and began waging a guerilla war against the 250,000-strong Italian army. One of these men, Ken Burke, was Duncan McNab's uncle.Using a combination of original research and personal anecdotes, McNab tells the little known story of Mission 101, and how a small group of Australians under British command helped to free a nation.
Publisher: [S.I.] : The History Press, 2012.
ISBN: 9780752483238
Branch Call Number: eBOOK OVERDRI
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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Jul 06, 2013

19/5 - Interesting story of a mission that I'd never heard of, and neither it seems according to the author's research had most of the rest of Australia. Everything about the mission was kept so secret that once the participants started passing away any knowledge or memory was lost, leaving only the occasional family anecdote passed down through the generations. I liked the description of the Australian's guerilla actions harrying the Italians, never letting them rest. Keeping them constantly on the run and when they would reach one of the many forts they had built all over the Ethiopian countryside attacking them all night long, stopping them from having any peace - in the end forcing a lot of the Italian regiments to surrender despite their far superior numbers. It reminded me a lot of John Marsden's fictional Tomorrow, When the War Began series which featured a group of Australian teenagers making guerilla style attacks on an invading force in mostly outback Australia - attacking convoys, blowing up bridges, picking off soldiers one by one without alerting the majority of the force to their prescence. Recommended to readers who are interested in military battles and the history of Australia in WWII.


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