Churchill's Band of Brothers: WWII's Most Daring D-Day Mission and the Hunt to Take Down Hitler's Fugitive War Criminals (Paperback)

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#1 internationally bestselling author, war reporter, and award-winning historian Damien Lewis explores one of WWII’s most remarkable Special Forces missions during the Normandy landings on D-Day—and the extraordinary hunt that followed to take down a cadre of fugitive SS and Gestapo war criminals.

On the night of June 13th, 1944, a twelve-man SAS unit parachuted into occupied France. In a country crawling with enemy troops, their mission was to prevent Hitler from rushing his Panzer divisions to the D-Day beaches and driving the Allied troops back into the sea. It was a Herculean task, but no risk was deemed too great to stop the Nazi assault.

In daring to win it all, the SAS patrol were ultimately betrayed, captured, and tortured by the Gestapo before facing execution in a dark French woodland on Hitler’s personal orders. Miraculously, two of the condemned men managed to escape, triggering one of the most-secretive Nazi-hunting operations ever, as the SAS vowed to track down every one of the war criminals who had murdered their brothers in arms . . . all with Churchill’s covert backing.

Breathtaking and exhaustively researched, Churchill’s Band of Brothers reveals the untold story of one of the most daring missions of WWII.

About the Author

Damien Lewis is an award-winning historian, war reporter, and bestselling author. He spent over two decades reporting from war, disaster, and conflict zones around the world, winning numerous awards. He has written more than twenty books, including The Ministry for Ungentlemanly Warfare, Agent Josephine, Churchill’s Band of Brothers, SAS Ghost Patrol, and The Nazi Hunters. His work has been published in over forty languages, and many of his books have been made, or are being developed, as feature films, TV series, or as plays for the stage. Lewis is a Fellow of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. Visit him online at

Praise For…

Praise for Damien Lewis’ WWII History Books

“[E]ntertaining… Mr Lewis has researched his story thoroughly over the course of a decade, and tells it like a fast-paced spy thriller.”—The Economist on Agent Josephine

“So much more than just a war story...While it involves death and suffering and terrible acts of cruelty, it also highlights the enduring qualities of courage and loyalty, of kindness and humanity, resourcefulness and resilience—qualities of which today's world is much in need.” —Amy Crossland, daughter of Major Eric ‘Bill’ Barkworth, Chief of the SAS War Crimes Investigation Team

“Exhaustively researched, powerfully written, and utterly gripping. Blows the doors off!” —Bear Grylls, host of Running Wild, and former British SAS Serviceman on Churchill’s Hellraisers

“A true story that reads better than any thriller.” —Dan Snow, Award‑winning British historian on Churchill’s Shadow Raiders

“Lewis presents a richly detailed and nail‑biting tale. For readers who enjoy well‑told history and scholars of World War II.” —Library Journal on Churchill’s Shadow Raiders

“Anyone who wants to learn more about the origins of the British Special Forces should read this book. It intertwines historical research and eyewitness testimony to tell the untold story of heroism, courage, and ingenuity.”—Military Press on Churchill’s Shadow Raiders

"Superb...Reads like an adventure novel and the reader may be excused in forgetting that it is a history book." —SOFREP on Churchill’s Shadow Raiders\

“Damien Lewis’ wondrously realized Churchill’s Shadow Raiders isn’t a work of fiction, but that doesn’t stop it from reading like a top‑notch thriller fashioned by the likes of Jack Higgins or Frederick Forsyth… The narrative is so riveting and powerful that it’s easy to forget you’re reading fact instead of fiction. Lewis writes with the alacrity of the great Erik Larson while displaying an even keener sense of storytelling.”  —The Providence Journal on Churchill’s Shadow Raiders

“Lamentably the role of technology in the Second World War has received relatively little attention compared to major campaigns, particularly given the importance of technology in winning the war. The conflict was fundamentally a technological race for better military intelligence and improved weaponry. In this regard, Damien Lewis’ Churchill’s Shadow Raiders reveals the crucial role of radar in defeating the Luftwaffe, itself a precedent for the Anglo‑American landings in 1944.” —The Churchill Bulletin on Churchill’s Shadow Raiders

“A little‑known behind‑the‑lines spectacular led by two heroic British officers. Successful niche military history for a popular audience.”—Kirkus Reviews on Churchill’s Hellraisers

“Military historian Lewis delivers an action‑packed account of special operations missions against Nazi forces in Northern Italy during WWII…He sets a brisk pace and laces the narrative with colorful character sketches. Battleground history buffs will be entertained.” —Publishers Weekly on Churchill’s Hellraisers

“A valuable addition to World War II history, and a harbinger of the sort of war that the United States and other countries are learning to wage in the 21st century.” —Washington Times on The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare

“One of the most extraordinary stories of World War II…a Howitzer of a tale.” —The Daily Mail on The Minisltry of Ungentlemanly Warfare

“An enjoyable, thought‑provoking read.” Soldier Magazine on The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare
Product Details
ISBN: 9780806541372
ISBN-10: 0806541377
Publisher: Citadel
Publication Date: April 25th, 2023
Pages: 432
Language: English