Item #67111 Popski. A Life of Lt.Col Vladimir Peniakoff. John WILLETT.
Popski. A Life of Lt.Col Vladimir Peniakoff.
Popski. A Life of Lt.Col Vladimir Peniakoff.

Popski. A Life of Lt.Col Vladimir Peniakoff.

London: McGibbon & Kee, 1954. [Military History] FIRST EDITION. Octavo (23 x 15cm), pp.240. With photographic illustrations. Publisher's green cloth with gilt titles to spine, typographic dust-jacket priced at 18s. Some light toning/spotting, jacket with one small chip to crown. Very good indeed. A scarce biography of Lieutenant-Colonel Vladimir "Popski" Peniakoff DSO MC, the founder and commander of No.1 Demolition Squadron, an elite British Special Forces unit of desert commandos operating alongside the Long Range Desert Group and the fledgling S.A.S. The smallest of these three specialist raiding units, it was unofficially termed 'Popski's Private Army'. Ian Fleming's cousin, the actor Christopher Lee, was their liaison officer during the North Africa Campaign. Following the war Popski wrote 'Private Army', an account of the squadron published by Jonathan Cape, where he made the acquaintance of Cape stablemate (and fellow commando unit chief) Ian Fleming. This copy is from the comprehensive bibliographical archive assembled by Jon Gilbert, with pencil ownership. His encyclopaedic guide to the works of Ian Fleming (2012) won the 16th Breslauer Prize for bibliography. Item #67111

Gilbert, p.663.

Price: £135.00

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