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At Close Quarters: the true story of SOE close combat pistol instructor Colonel Hector Grant-Taylor.

The Special Operations Executive (SOE), the paramount Allied sabotage and assassination force of the Second World War.  Its job – in Churchill’s words – was to “set Europe ablaze.”

One of its “shining Stars” and “legends” was the close-combat pistol instructor, Colonel Hector Grant-Taylor. A romantic figure worthy of the Scarlet Pimpernel or Fleming’s James Bond, Grant-Taylor taught the commandos, secret agents and irregular soldiers of WW2 the art of how to kill at close quarters.

And yet his own life was itself a mystery worthy of a John Buchan thriller novel?

The book provides a detailed investigation into Colonel Grant-Taylor, the “myths” surrounding his life story and chronicles his method of close quarter combat.

Misinformation, deception, love triangles, tragedy, bravery, killing  – and ultimately redemption - all play a part in this story.

At Close Quarters finally puts to rest the myths and legends that surrounded his life and his method of close quarter killing. Finally unravelling the 60 year mysterious truth behind the enigmatic man that was Colonel Hector Grant-Taylor!

Spanning the Globe from wartime Britain, to the paramilitary camps in Scotland, to Nazi occupied Europe to the Middle East and beyond, At Close Quarters tells the true story of a man running from his own deceptions and who through his secret wartime work went onto influence the Post-war Special Forces heroes – the SAS.

Drawn from previously unreleased official documents and new material and with dozens of interviews from Grant-Taylor's friends, family and students, At Close Quarters provides an insight into this mysterious man that up until now has been clouded in secrecy.

With a special introduction by one of Grant-Taylor's most reknowned wartime students, this is a MUST HAVE book for students of military history, WW2 combatives, police/military personnel and exponents of close quarter combat.

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