Get Tough. by Major W. E. Fairbairn. Edition: First Edition. Book condition: Very Good Condition. Jacket condition: No Dust Jacket. Book Description. W. E. Fairbairn, taught the famed British Commandos from this classic, long-out- of-print manual on unarmed combat. Known for his “get tough” attitude, Fairbairn . Get Tough! by W E Fairbairn, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide.

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Jim Judy rated it it was amazing Aug 08, Paperbackpages.

We use cookies to give you the best possible experience. Just remember that reading a book is no substitute for training with a competent instructor for example, DefendU and practice.

Jordan Kelch rated it really liked it Sep 01, Known for his “get tough” attitude, Fairbairn designed these practical methods after years of training troops and watching ruffians, thugs, bandits and bullies. I love how blunt it is. Armed Forcesplease sign up. Brilliant book welcome addition to any library.

Get Tough! : How to Win in Hand to Hand Fighting

Brute strength is not required. His method, which became known during WW2 as “Gutter Fighting” or “the Silent Killing” course and which was constantly refined and perfected through the course of the warwas taught to commandos and other Special Forces units, guerillas, saboteurs, and the agents of the Office of Strategic Services OSS, the precursors to the modern CIA, via his student Col.



While some of the techniques may be outdates or ineffective, the spirt of the book is there. He called this system “Defendu”, and it was one of the first “Western Hybrid” arts, derived from elements of Japanese and Chinese fighting arts.

Probably one of the most concise, practical, and comprehensive texts I have ever read on fighting. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Mark Mirabello rated it really liked it Apr 16, If w.e.fairbsirn looking for a piece of history, this is a great read.

Several points of technique either overstate the effectiveness of their performance, while others are far too reliant on your opponent’s compliance.

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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Brilliant book, well presented and timeless self protection manual. Combining all the knowledge thus acquired he developed a system that stopped the Shanghai terrorists in their tracks, demoralised the Nazis, and probably proved a decisive factor in the success of Allied Special forces in World War Two.


If you were thinking of writing a WWII action book that involved hand-to-hand combat this would be an excellent reference. Published December 1st by Paladin Press first published Dec 08, Xenophon Hendrix rated it it was amazing.

Wesley Metcalfe rated it it was amazing May 06, Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Tracy rated it really liked it Aug 24, I would like anyone who trains with me to read it, as, as far as hand-to-hand combat, this are many aspects of what we do here. Refresh and try again. Stuart Hetherington rated it liked it Nov 05, I’m glad I re-read it.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. It has pretty much every situation you’d be in and a slightly bad sportsmanship way to get out of every one. No trivia or quizzes yet.

This book is an important cultural artifact, in that it encapsulates the teachings of Fairbairn as given to British forces.

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