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The Other Desert War: British Special Forces in North Africa, 1940-1943: British Special Forces in North Africa, 1940-43 (Contributions in Military Studies) Hardcover – 17 Feb 1987

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  • Hardcover: 284 pages
  • Publisher: Praeger (17 Feb. 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0313252408
  • ISBN-13: 978-0313252402
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.8 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,217,972 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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?This book traces the history of the Long Range Desert Force and other such units from their origins in World War I and the period before World War II to their spectacular successes and failures against the Germans and Italians in the latter conflict. Along the way, the reader learns of the personalities, bureaucractic impediments, hostile environment and luck that affected British efforts to create and maintain these special forces. This superb volume is both highly informative and entertaining. John W. Gordon's book reveals an impressive mastery of the archival and secondary sources available on this subject. His writing is crisp and interesting, yet sober and scholarly at the same time. The daring and resourceful men of the British desert forces have found a historian whose ability to tell their story matches their ability to create some of the most daring and imaginative operations of World War II. This is an extraordinary book about extraordinary soldiers.?-Military Review

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JOHN W. GORDON is Professor of History at the Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina.

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Stretching 3,000 miles across the northern third of Africa and a thousand miles below the coast of the Mediterranean, the "Great Desert" or Sahara is the world's largest mass of arid land. Read the first page
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This is a very scholarly book with a great deal of information concerning the North African desert campaign. Especially the LRDG which is another famous group of men who were critical in the success of the British Army against the germans and the Italians. Expensive but a worthwhile book for the true follower of this war scenario.
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I read this book while conducting research on the relationship of the LRDG and SAS, and it definitely delivers in that regard. The tug and pull of deep recce (LRDG's preferred mission) vs. direct action (the SAS preferred mission) is covered in a fashion I have not really seen mentioned before. Gordon even goes so far as to address the iddues of fieldcraft, and asserts that the SAS at times succumbed to sloppy work in the field, which may have led to the capture of David Stirling later on in the N. African campaign.

Although it may be impossible to find a reasonably priced copy, it is worth a read if you can find one in a library.
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