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  • SBS – Silent Warriors

  • The Authorised Wartime History
  • By: Saul David
  • Narrated by: John Hopkins
  • Length: 14 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: History, Military
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (11 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The Sunday Times best seller

The first authorised history of the SBS. 

Britain’s SBS - or Special Boat Service - was the world’s first maritime special operations unit. Founded in the dark days of 1940, it started as a small and inexperienced outfit that leaned heavily on volunteers’ raw courage and boyish enthusiasm. It went on to change the course of the Second World War - and has served as a model for special forces ever since. 

The fledgling unit’s first mission was a daring beach reconnaissance of Rhodes in the spring of 1941. Over the next four years, the SBS and its affiliates would carry out many more spectacular operations in the Mediterranean, the Atlantic, the Channel and the Far East. These missions - including Operation Frankton, the daredevil attempt by the ‘Cockleshell Heroes’ to paddle up the Garonne river and sink Axis ships in Bordeaux harbour - were some of the most audacious and legendary of the war.

Paddling flimsy canoes, and armed only with knives, pistols and a few sub-machine guns, this handful of brave and determined men operated deep behind enemy lines in the full knowledge that if caught they might be executed. Many were.

Yet their many improbable achievements - destroying enemy ships and infrastructure, landing secret agents, tying up enemy forces, spreading fear and uncertainty, and, most importantly, preparing the ground for D-Day - helped to make an Allied victory possible.

Written with the full cooperation of the modern SBS - the first time this ultra-secretive unit has given its seal of approval to any book - and exclusive access to its archives, SBS: Silent Warriors allows Britain’s original special forces to emerge from the shadows and take their proper and deserved place in our island story.

©2021 Saul David (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic Reviews

"A terrific book.... It really is one of the most enjoyable histories I’ve read in many a year." (James Holland)

"An absolute must-read if you are a fan of derring-do and Andy McNab. I am going to be telling everyone to buy it." (Rob Rinder, Talk Radio)

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Amazing book, amazing men!

Riveting, from start to finish. Amazing men! Well spoken narrator as well. Can't recommend it high enough

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  • wendy richardson
  • 07-09-2021

hero's all

we all owe a great deal to men like this definitely worth a listen

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  • Fred
  • 08-10-2021

monotone

could be a very interesting listen, the narrator's voice is boring. spoiled a good listen.
Gave up after chapter 5 😞

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  • Anonymous User
  • 25-03-2022

A tale of heros

this was a well narrated history of the Special boat services and the units that started this unit.
a true tale if heros and heroism.
an excellent read.

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  • FIR1er
  • 13-03-2022

Almost a complete history

I wish it had covered the Eastern Mediterranean more that would have made it a complete history (Barrie Pit does cover it very well in his book)
The narrator had a a few interesting pronunciations of location names as a slight negative
Worth you time if you are interested

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  • Jooles15
  • 23-01-2022

Outstanding

An incredibly detailed account that strikes a perfect balance between historical fact and narrative. The detail of each operation covered is so fine that you feel you are experiencing it first hand.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-01-2022

Love history.

Brilliant history brilliant narrative. Overall a really good story . If you love British history this is for you

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  • Neill Morton
  • 09-01-2022

Good listen

Good listen. Good stories and lots of information I had never heard about the start of the sbs

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  • DarkFox
  • 08-01-2022

An unassuming and accurate history of the SBS.

A great piece of history, no showboating and no grandiose tall tales here just a history of hard men in hard times doing hard things.

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  • Mitty
  • 23-12-2021

Interesting Listen and some great stories

This book had some amazing stories - those blokes were incredibly brave, but it felt a bit disjointed at times for me and didn't flow as well as other similar books, still glad I listened to it though.

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  • Jgfj Butler
  • 28-11-2021

reflections of hardship and perserverence

Good account of what is entailed in such times without the glitz and romanticism. Nice historical rendition of unsung heroes.

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