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The Black Prince And The Sea Devils : The Story Of Valerio Borghese And The Elite Units Of The Decima Mas - Alessandro Massignani

The Black Prince And The Sea Devils

The Story Of Valerio Borghese And The Elite Units Of The Decima Mas

Hardcover Published: 17th March 2004
ISBN: 9780306813115
Number Of Pages: 284

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The only biography of Prince Valerio Borghese-the legendary Italian World War II naval commando whose covert activities shocked the Allies and became a model for today's "special forces". At the beginning of World War II, Prince Junio Valerio Borghese, dashing Italian nobleman, assembled the famous Decima MAS naval unit-the first modern naval commando squad. Borghese's "frogmen" were trained to fight undercover and underwater with small submarines and assault boats armed with a variety of destructive torpedoes. The covert tactics he and the Decima MAS developed, including the use of midget submarines, secret nighttime operations, and small teams armed with explosives, have become a standard for special forces around the world to this very day.After the Italian capitulation in 1943, Borghese determinedly fought on as a Fascist commando leader. After the war, he became a man of mystery, variously said to be involved with several right-wing conspiracies, abortive coups, and clandestine activity. The Prince's death in 1974 was every bit as mysterious as his life.Greene and Massignani have drawn upon official archives as well as information from Allied and Axis veterans in an unprecedented attempt to separate fact from fantasy in this detailed examination of Borghese, the Decima MAS, and the Italian naval special forces.

Mapsp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Introductionp. xvii
To the Eve of Warp. 1
Crises in Ethiopia and Spainp. 9
Preparing for the Secret Warp. 24
Assault Boats and Human Torpedoesp. 37
The Early Hasty Attacksp. 49
First Bloodp. 59
The Glorious Failurep. 76
Triumph at Alexandriap. 91
The Siege of Gibraltarp. 107
Last Attacks Before the Armisticep. 123
The Decima MAS Hits the Landp. 140
Secret Operations, 1944-1945p. 159
Borghese's Rescue by the Alliesp. 175
Cold War Warriorp. 185
Intrigue on the Far Rightp. 200
Madonna's Night: Borghese's Coup Attemptp. 216
The Prince in the Shadowsp. 229
Notesp. 239
Abbreviations and Ranksp. 267
Appendixp. 269
Selected Bibliographyp. 271
Indexp. 275
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ISBN: 9780306813115
ISBN-10: 0306813114
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 284
Published: 17th March 2004
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.52 x 16.15  x 2.67
Weight (kg): 0.55
Edition Number: 1