The Men Who Made the SAS

The Men Who Made the SAS

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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: qWith unparalleled access to SBS's archive, Mortimer draws on private papers to produce the definitive account of the SBS's extraordinary exploits in WWII.q Sunday Telegraph qThe 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to write The SBS in World War 2.q Daily Mirror qThis gripping first-hand account of the raid is one of many previously unpublished resources that Mortimer's book draws on.q The Times qMortimer deserves full credit for assembling a mountain of material and presenting it with lucidity and balanceq Philip Ziegler, Daily MailTich Cave took it upon himself to kill some time by shinning up a telegraph pole and cutting the wires. The sudden a#39;twanga#39; of the wires nearly made Lloyd Owen swallow his whistle. Eventually a ... The first was a petrol tanker carrying a trailer. ... a#39;The thought of running into armoured cars in our ordinary soft Ford V8 trucks did not appeal to me, or any of us. ... a#39;Y2a#39; Patrol covered seventyfive miles that night, lying up in a#39;some thickish bushes on the edge of a swamp to the south of Msusa#39;.

Title:The Men Who Made the SAS
Author: Gavin Mortimer
Publisher:Hachette UK - 2015-06-04

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