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The Men Who Made the SAS: The History of the Long Range Desert Group (English Edition) Kindle电子书
Established in June 1940, the Long Range Desert Group was the inspiration of scientist and soldier Major Ralph Bagnold, a contemporary of T.E Lawrence who, in the inter-war years, explored the North African desert in a Model T Ford automobile.
Mortimer takes us from the founding of the LRDG, through their treacherous journey across the Egyptian Sand Sea and beyond, offering a hitherto unseen glimpse into the heart of this most courageous organisation, whose unique and valiant contributions to the war effort can now finally be recognized and appreciated.
Praise for Gavin Mortimer:
"With unparalleled access to SBS's archive, Mortimer draws on private papers to produce the definitive account of the SBS's extraordinary exploits in WWII." Sunday Telegraph
"The SBS is finally being recognised thanks to a remarkable new book. Author Gavin Mortimer spent more than a decade interviewing veterans, scrutinising SBS archives and poring over recently declassified documents to write The SBS in World War 2." Daily Mirror
"This gripping first-hand account of the raid is one of many previously unpublished resources that Mortimer's book draws on." The Times
"Mortimer deserves full credit for assembling a mountain of material and presenting it with lucidity and balance" Philip Ziegler, Daily Mail
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The chapters on the Balkans, Italy, Leros and Greece were unknown to me.
This one is about the Long Range Desert Group, a group of men who undertook operations into the North African desert to recon and harass the Axis forces, operating in areas that more conventional forces wouldn't want to. And it's this aspect that sets them apart, their willingness and ability to operate in an extreme environment and to stay operational in that environment.
The book looks at the formation of the unit and gives a thumbnail of the personalities behind it. It then moves on to talking about the kind of men who volunteered for it and then spends a chunk of its time talking about their operations. It's all done chronologically and the exploits of the unit are shown to not necessarily be all about daring raids etc but just being able to exist in an environment that ground down men and machines. The work they did is shown to have been very rugged, useful and to have required a certain mind-set.
All up anyone interested in military operations in harsh environments, desert warfare or the North African campaign in World War 2 in general should enjoy this book. It has a slim selection of photographs as well to give some additional flavour and is written in a straight forward matter of fact manner. There is a nice rounding up chapter at the end that talks about the units disbanding and which follows some of the major characters into their post war careers to wrap things up nicely.