Special Forces in the Desert War: 1940-1943

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9781905615292: Special Forces in the Desert War: 1940-1943

“The desert was a small raider’s paradise”—General John Hackett

This compelling account, prepared for the War Cabinet after the Second World War, tells the inside story of the Special Forces’ work in the Desert campaign. It explores their revolutionary new strand of warfare, from intelligence gathering to raids, reconnaissance missions to enemy disruption, and shows how operations were conducted in extreme terrain and miles behind enemy lines. It celebrates the courage of these handpicked men who became masters of surprise and stealth, featuring unsung heroes along with famous names such as Ralph Bagnold, Bob Laycock, David Stirling, George Jellicoe, Geoffrey Keyes VC and Derek Mills- Roberts. Drawing on the experiences of some of Britain’s most famous ‘irregular’ units, Special Forces charts their remarkable successes against far larger forces and their crucial role within the 8th Army and Allied campaign.

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The National Archives is the UK government's official archive, containing a thousand years of history from the Domesday Book to the present day. The 170km of records held at Kew in south-west London range from parchment and paper scrolls through to recently created digital files and archived websites. They contain not only famous documents - the last telegram from the Titanic or the 'Jack the Ripper' files - but also the stories of ordinary voices - shot down aircrews, impassioned divorce trials, the service histories of WW1'Tommies' and much more.

Review :

This volume, originally published by Britain's National Archives in hardback in 2011, includes two formerly secret reports written shortly after the Second World War by Brigadier Wynterts. The first covers the operations of the Long Range Desert Group in North Africa from mid-1940 through March 1943, and the second with those of various other special operations forces in the Middle East and North Africa from early 1943 to April of 1943, such as Commandos, Layforce, and the SAS and SBS. Although a `first look' at the events, and thus naturally almost entirely from the British side, both works are highly informative, describing the origins, formation, organization, and above all operations of these troops. Literally scores of missions are covered, not merely the more glamorous one that ended up spawning memoirs and even motion pictures. A very useful book for those with an interest in special operations or in the desert war.

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