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on 10 January 2004
The L.R.D.G. were the undisputed "kings of the Desert" from mid 1940 till the end of the war in N. Africa. Without their help the S.A.S. would never have got off the ground, yet they have always remained virtually unknown. Fortunately, over the past few years, this has slowly been put to rights by books such as "The Sting of the Scorpion".
A vast majority of books written about the war were written by the Officers who took part in the events or oversaw them. It was quite unusual to find an author with the wartime rank of Private, Generals being far more commonplace. This was due to two factors. Firstly, the higher the rank, the better informed the author and the greater the selling point for the book. Secondly, many "Other Ranks" were unable to write well enough to produce a book and ghost writers were not the accepted thing.
It is on the second point that this book scores. The men who served in the L.R.D.G. were of a different ilk to the average "Tommy" The fact that the L.R.D.G. produced one General, five Brigadiers and numerous Colonels gives an insight to the calibre of volunteer. Similarly, the fact that there were, on one occasion, over seven hundred volunteers for twelve vacancies shows the wide choice that was available. The interviews were conducted by one Officer, one N.C.O. and one Trooper!
Because these men had the ability to write down their stories, doing so while they were still fresh in their minds, meant that the Association Newsletters were always full of the Men's memories. This fact has made it possible for Mike Morgan to put together a very varied range of stories covering every aspect if life in L.R.D.G. They are from the pens of the O.C. his Officers, N.C.O.s and Other Ranks, appearing side by side as equals, just as it was on patrol.
If you want to read just one book that tells of the real life hundreds of miles behind Enemy lines, or on leave in Cairo, make this the one. It's all there. Every emotion known to man. The excitement, the boredom, the fear, the fun, the death and destruction. All told in that matter of fact, honest and modest way that is the hallmark of the real L.R.D.G. man.
I have had the honour of spending a lot of time among many of these men and discussing their memories with them. This book truly brings to the reader just what they are like as people and just what they achieved as soldiers. Everyone should know about them.
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on 18 December 2003
Mike Morgan's Sting of the Scorpion is an action packed true story of the Long Rang Desert Group who where the forerunners to the SAS. The LRDG raiders were unrivalled in their skill at navigating the North African desert and Mike is able to capture the excitement and the hardships that these men endured. This book is a great read for those interested in the history of the war in the desert, I look forward to any book that Mike Morgan may publish in the future as he seems to get right to the core of his subject.
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on 10 February 2009
Unlike so many worthy (dull!) academic books written about WWII, this book cuts to the chase. It tells the first hand tales of those who actually served in (and created) the LRDG in a thrilling 'Boys Own' way. Many of these tales are culled from the LRDG's own 'Association' magazine and cover the full 5 yars of the LRDG's life (both in the African deserts and in other locations around the globe). It also covers their time working alongside the newly formed SAS. A great story, well told.
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on 14 February 2012
OK, for me this book hit the spot. I didn't know anything about the LRDG and bought the book to find out more. Can't remember the reason why I wanted to find out more, maybe it was the uprising in Libya and the names of the towns involved kicked of something in my mind. Anyhoo.. the book was well researched and well written. I know exactly who the Long Range Desert Group are now, what they did, and why. A British special forces team that operated deep in the Egyptian and Libyan desert during the second world war keeping tabs on Italian and German troop movements and attacking them when necessary. The group formed the basis for the SAS and other specialist military groups that operate today. Well recommended, and deserves to be made into a good film (movie).
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on 6 April 2013
It is a very good print of the book. The pictures are nice and the text is an historical accound of the LRDG.
It is based on accounts of different men who served put in historical order.
I found it very interesting and it has details on events only known by name or significance and not so much on detail as to what happened.
It includes the show of ingenuity by these men to face and overcome the difficulties presented to them, either of a mechanical nature or when the enemy was after them.

Really interesting and nice book. A must for anyone interested in WW2 history.
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on 6 December 2014
I would like to read more about These men and their adventures. It almost sounds as if they were "playing" yet they were important to the British victory in the Desert. Very recommendable for reading
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on 16 June 2009
Whilst probably factually accurate, this book is seriously marred by an annoyingly bloke-ish writing style. It's the sort of literary self-abuse wherein the endeavours of intelligent men in difficult circumstances are turned into the exploits of laddish tough-guys. A kind of cross between War Picture Library and those "SAS" books that fast-buck publishers turn out by the yard.

Thankfully, there are many good books on the topic - such as David Lloyd-Owen's work or - if you can get it - W.B. Kennedy-Shaw's excellent book.

Buy them, not this.
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on 16 February 2014
A well researched and put together book. My original interest was in the SAS in the North African Desert, but this book revealed to me the equally daring role of the LRDG.
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on 10 October 2013
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on 8 October 2014
great reading and was very fast delevery
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