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In Rommels Backyard: A Memoir of the Long Range Desert Group [Paperback]

Alastair Timpson , Andrew Gibson-Watt

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30 July 2010
Alastair Timpson belonged to that generation of young men who were propelled straight from public school into the maelstrom of the Second World War. Inured as they had become from quite an early age to discomfort, discipline, indifferent food and absence from home, many appeared to make an effortless transition from peace of their upbringing to the dangers of front line soldering.Thompson had the good fortune to find this way, via the Scots Guards, into the Long Range Desert Group, the most romantic of special force units. In Rommel's Backyard describes the threefold roles of the LRDG, all of which involved daring, dash and incredible feats of endurance and navigation deep behind enemy lines. They were the eyes and ears of the Eighth Army, road-watching and reporting enemy movement; they destroyed enemy aircraft, supply dumps and vehicles; and transported other special forces and agents to their objectives.Fortunately, Alastair Timpson kept a meticulous record of all his activities with the LRDG, although he never saw this as being of interest to more than his family. However, after his death, his son realised its wider appeal and offered it for publication. Although In Rommel's Backyard is a very personal account it epitomises the spirit of a campaign which involved many thousands of young men.In a calm, often detached way - his modesty is noteworthy - the author gives an account of his and his colleagues' war behind enemy lines which will appeal not only to historians of the period but to all those who enjoy a real-life adventure story of epic encounters fought, and won, against the odds.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Brits spying on the Germans in Libya. 19 Dec 2005
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I generally love memoirs coming out about WWII. Some of these stories give the true feeling of combat and comradeship of the soldiers of all nationalities. With the number coming out of these stories, publishers feel there is money to be made from these. However, some of these stories are more private and more suited to family members than others. This story is one of them. The author no doubt was a brave man with the Long Range Desert Group. He commanded people spying on the German and Italian supply convoys going to the front. However, the writing lags at time, and some chapters were difficult to go through. Other details were of high interest. Some parts of the book were just a mass of detail, as the author relates stories of these spying missions. The editor even admitted it was difficult editing this personal memoir of the war in Libya.

There are some nice stories in this book, if one can go past some of the details. I think this book has a lot of interest for the Timpson family, but maybe not for the general WWII reader.
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