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Jock Lewes - Co-Founder of the SAS - John Lewes

Pen & Sword, 2000, Hardback in Dustwrapper..
Condition: Very Good - in Very Good DJ. ¾" closed tear to the foot of the lower panel otherwise a very well presented copy.

Illustrated with B&W photographs. Drawing on hitherto unpublished personal journals, this account of Lewes’s life, tragically cut short on 31 December 1941 during a SAS deep penetration patrol, makes for compelling reading. Brought up in the Australian outback where he learnt self-discipline and self-reliance, he went on to have a brilliant career at Oxford University; as President of the Boat Club he was instrumental in the dramatic 1937 victory against Cambridge. Thereafter he spent time in pre-war Berlin where he was at first seduced by Hitler’s socialist policies and by a young Nazi supporter, one of the two loves of his life, but soon became disillusioned, establishing links with opposition factions. Without his and David Stirling’s partnership there would have been no “Special Air Service”; as Stirling later chivalrously admitted, ‘Jock Lewes could far more genuinely claim to be the founder of the SAS than I’.
Size: 9½" x 6¼"
Number of Pages: 266
ISBN: 0850527430

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