In the North African desert in 1941, the war is being won by the brilliant German commander General Rommel, and the British are in retreat on all fronts.
A young British army lieutenant, David Stirling, believes that the only way to reverse this situation is to attack the enemy behind their own lines, using small groups of men who can insert by land, sea or air as required. The first of these men are dropped by parachute to attack enemy airfields in the Gazala area, but the raid is a disaster, with many lives lost.
The following year, the survivors of that operation, now working hand in hand with the Long Range Desert Group, mount a series of spectacular raids in heavily armed jeeps against airfields in the Benghazi region, destroying nearly a hundred enemy aircraft, leaving the German army reeling and reversing the course of the war.
Desert Raiders is the colourful story of the birth of the SAS, the most renowned regiment in the history of the British Army - forged with fire and steel in the vast, sun-scorched plains of the North African desert, pitting themselves against the might of the formerly invincible German army and gaining a reputation that would make them a legend in their own time.
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By Mikey on 20-03-16
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The historical accuracy and the fascinating endurance and skill solders in the SAS must demonstrate.
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This book was absolutely fascinating. David Sterling; the founder of the special air service, was an courageous and fascinating character that is easy to like in this portrayal of him. I was hanging on the edge of every word spoken in this incredibly entertaining book. I haven't enjoyed or been fascinated by a story as much as I have here in a long time.
I was fascinated; educated, entertained and enthralled by the storyline and enjoyed the narrator's dialogue throughout. Although he's no Paul Thornley, Sean Barrett did a sterling job (pun intended) with a brilliant rendition of Clarke's depiction of courage, survival and brutality that is demonstrated by our boys in the special air service.
Buy this book today. I am loving the 'SAS operation' audio series and this was the best yet. On to the next one!
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