The Special Operations Executive (SOE) was the paramount Allied sabotage force of the Second World War. Its job – in Churchill’s words – was to ‘set Europe ablaze’ through the use of sabotage, insurrection and assassination. One of its ‘shining stars’ and ‘legends’ was the close-combat pistol instructor, Colonel Hector Grant-Taylor.
Grant-Taylor taught commandos, secret agents and irregular soldiers the art of how to kill at close quarters. He taught them how to be ruthless, lethal and covert, and yet his own life was a mystery worthy of a John Buchan thriller novel. Misinformation, deception, bravery, murder and ultimately redemption all play a part in his story. At Close Quarters: SOE Close-Combat Pistol Instructor Colonel Hector Grant-Taylor finally puts to rest the myths and legends that surrounded his life and unravels the mysterious truth behind the enigma that was Colonel Hector Grant-Taylor.
AT CLOSE QUARTERS SOE Close Combat Pistol Instructor Colonel Hector Grant-Taylor
The subject of this enthralling book, Col. Hector Grant-Taylor, was the senior SOE Instructor in the deadly arts of killing at close quarters during the Second World War. Although he taught SOE agents their lethal skills, the man’s own life was a mystery. This thrilling book finally unravels the mystery.
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