Osprey, 1st ed., 2012. 303 pp., photo-plates. D.j., 24 x 15cm. FINE. This book reveals 12 legendary Special Forces commanders of World War II whose tactical abilities and vision changed the way wars were fought forever. Prior to the outbreak of World War II, the concept of 'special forces' didn't really exist. These 12 men not only reshaped military policy, but they led from the front, accompanying their troops into the heat of battle, from North Africa to Normandy on D-Day and operating far behind enemy lines. This book features some of the most famous Axis and Allied names including David Stirling, Ralph Bagnold, Orde Wingate, Friedrich von der Heydte, Prince Borghese and Baron von Folkersam. The author offers a skilful analysis of their qualities as military commanders and the true impact that their own personal actions, as well as those of their units, had on the eventual outcome of the war and on the importance of Special Forces today.