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Special Forces in the Desert War (Public Record Office War Histories) Hardcover – 1 Nov 2001

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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: PRO Publications (1 Nov. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1903365295
  • ISBN-13: 978-1903365298
  • Product Dimensions: 24.9 x 15.6 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,007,840 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The official account of the revolutionary new warfare as practised by the famous "irregular" units in the Desert campaign. It covers: the SAS; Long Range Desert Group; "Layforce"; Special Boat Squadron; Long Range Patrol; Middle East commandos; Indian Long Range Squadron; and free French commandos. The history includes narratives of daring raids miles behind enemy lines. It features such famous characters as Ord Wingate, David Stirling and Lieutenant Colonel Keyes VC, and recounts the establishment and role of the forces within the 8th Army and Allied campaign. It also includes maps, photographs, a list of officers serving, and the awards received by members of the Long Range Desert Group.

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Format: Hardcover
"The desert was a small raider's paradise", quote by General John Hackett.
Published by the Public Record Office, this is a reprint of previously top secret official histories of special forces units in the Middle East, 1940-1943.
The Desert War saw the birth of several special forces units such as the SA, the LRDG and Commandos. This book describes the formation, evolution and operations of these famous units. Also included are perhaps lesser knwon units such as 'Layforce' and the Indian Long Range Squadron.
Although books have appeared documenting the histories of these units, many leave out details of interest to the more serious student or researcher. Included here is a wealth of detail, dates, personalities and maps. Each unit is described from formation through to its status in 1943. Official maps help the reader follow the detailed accounts of operations, such as the doomed 'Raid on Rommel' in November 1941.
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Amazon.com: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 review
5.0 out of 5 stars First Rate Information from First Hand Sources 14 Sept. 2015
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This book is actually two books in one, with the first section dedicated to the Long Range Desert Group (LRDG) and the second section focused on the Commandos and Special Service Troops, to include Commando battalions, Special Air Service (SAS), and Special Boat Section (SBS).

The text is primarily in the form of mission logs/diaries with minimal editing and some commentary on various reorganizations and restructuring of the units as the war progressed. Also included are tables of organization and equipment for the LRDG.

You will be hard pressed to find better quality primary source material on Allied long range reconnaissance, strategic intelligence gathering, and special operations direct action missions in the WWII Desert campaigns.
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