Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your email address or mobile phone number.

Qty:1
  • List Price: $18.95
  • Save: $1.97 (10%)
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
Only 3 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.
Desert Rat 1940-43: Briti... has been added to your Cart
+ $3.99 shipping
Used: Very Good | Details
Sold by RAINBOW-BOOKS
Condition: Used: Very Good
Comment: The cover is clean but does show some wear. Unread book from the publisher in great condition and may have have a remainder mark. We ship Monday through Saturday and Expedited available - Safe and Secure Bubble Mailer & Fast Shipping!
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 2 images

Desert Rat 1940-43: British and Commonwealth troops in North Africa (Warrior) Paperback – November 22, 2011

4 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews

See all 2 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Price
New from Used from
Paperback
"Please retry"
$16.98
$5.90 $4.43

Top 20 lists in Books
Top 20 lists in Books
View the top 20 best sellers of all time, the most reviewed books of all time and some of our editors' favorite picks. Learn more
$16.98 FREE Shipping on orders over $35. Only 3 left in stock (more on the way). Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.

Frequently Bought Together

  • Desert Rat 1940-43: British and Commonwealth troops in North Africa (Warrior)
  • +
  • Long Range Desert Group Patrolman: The Western Desert 1940-43 (Warrior)
Total price: $28.67
Buy the selected items together


Editorial Reviews

Review

“It is not a history of the war in the desert, but an excellent look at what it was like. Thanks to some great period photos and the superb artwork or Steve Noon, we get a glimmer of the hardships these men faced and how they were overcome. Another superlative title in the series and a book that I can easily recommend to you.” ―Scott Van Aken, Modeling Madness

About the Author

Tim Moreman is a freelance writer and academic. For several years he lectured in the Department of War Studies at King's College London, from where he obtained his PhD. He also held a six-month appointment as Resident Historian at the Army Staff College at Camberley. His primary interests include the British-Indian Army during the 19th and 20th centuries, counter-insurgency, and the British and Commonwealth armies during World War II. In addition to a significant number of articles and papers, Tim has written two major books: a study of the Indian Army on the North-West Frontier 1849-1947, and a book on the war in Burma and Malaya 1941-45. In recent years he has also worked for the new Dictionary of National Biography and the Australian War Memorial, as well as acting as a historical adviser for the BBC and Carlton Television. He is based in Somerset, UK.
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Image
Looking for the Audiobook Edition?
Tell us that you'd like this title to be produced as an audiobook, and we'll alert our colleagues at Audible.com. If you are the author or rights holder, let Audible help you produce the audiobook: Learn more at ACX.com.

Product Details

  • Series: Warrior (Book 160)
  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing; First Edition edition (November 22, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849085013
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849085014
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 0.2 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,188,427 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This short book makes a modest but poignant contribution to the history of the desert war. Much will be familiar to those already well-versed in the desert war of 1940-1943. But, as such a reader, I gained some new insights too. The early Desert Rats of Seventh Armored Division and Fourth Indian Division exemplified prewar professionalism. But the force was soon diluted, as large numbers of less experienced recruits and conscripts joined the fighting. While superior to the Italians, British forces came out second best against the small but highly trained, well-led German forces of Rommel's Afrika Korps. Some of the material covered on training, tactics and doctrine can also be found in Paddy Griffith's World War II Desert Tactics and Mr. Moreman's other Osprey title on the Eighth Army.

Where this account excels, however, is in the short but discerning section on the soldiers' beliefs and sense of belonging. The Desert Rats were a diverse lot, with troops from India, South Africa, Australia, the British Isles and elsewhere. Yet they shared a sense of pride built up from O'Connor's early victories over the Italians. Language differences caused problems, but also built a unique jargon with terms from beyond the English-speaking world, such as sangar, an Urdu term for a hastily-built rock fort. There is an informative write-up on the problems of moving and fighting in the desert. Did you know that most combat took place during the morning and late afternoon, because heat haze made it difficult to see targets at midday?

The write-up ends with two brief stories from the desert fighting, the Battle of the Omars during the Crusader offensive and the stand by 150th Brigade at Gazala.
Read more ›
1 Comment 6 of 7 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
The British and Commonwealth troops who made up first the 7th Armoured Division, then the Western Desert Force and finally the British Eighth Army have come down through history known as "The Desert Rats." Under a series of commanders, most notably Lieutenant General Bernard Montgomery, they fought Mussolini's Italian forces and Rommel's famous Afrikakorps during 1940 to 1943 in North Africa. This is their story.

"Desert Rat 1940-43" is an Osprey Warrior Series entry, authored by Tim Moreman and illustrated by Steve Noon. It is less about the battles in North Africa and more about the soldiers who fought them. In a brisk 64 pages, the author discusses where the troops came from, how they fought, what they believed in, and their weapons and equipment. There is an astonishing amount information here, and the text is nicely supported by photographs, maps, and some excellent illustrations.

The most interesting takeaway for this reviewer was how the composition of the Desert Rats changed over time. The long-serving professionals of the 7th Armoured Division became the far less trained collection of draftees and Commonwealth troops of the Western Desert Force. The Eighth Army would require extensive retraining and reequipping to achieve its victories from El Alamein to Tunis. "Desert Rat" is too short to provide more than a good introduction to that process, but it is a decent read. Recommended.
1 Comment 1 of 1 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Great little book...
My dad was a Desert Rat, Valentine driver... Captured June 21, 1942 in what is sometimes called the "First Battle of El Amamein" A battle many seem to overlook, including this book -for the most part. Even Rommel talks about this battle... Dad was Point tank and the first one to get hit. RTR was like cavalry in that they shot on the run... it worked fighting the Ital's but not Jerry. Jerry hit back with 75mm & 88mm guns... and wiped out the British tank regiment.
Any tanker -like my son- should read this
Comment 1 of 1 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I liked the book.

The information, I found was similar to the recognized Official Histories of the British and Commonwealth Forces that participated. The captions to the majority of photographs appear correct. As well as the history in order 1940 to 1943 of specific battles and campaigns, I found the author picked, what I would assume are his particular favourite battles, and dealt with them in detail. I also feel it is very obvious the author is British. However, I feel the diagrams are good quality and the information accurate.
Comment 1 of 1 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This is a small book covering the British Desert Rats of North Africa. There is good information about the equipment, uniforms, weapons, and general fighting of the desert campaign. The book could have been more detailed about all the elements.
Comment 1 of 3 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more
Desert Rat 1940-43: British and Commonwealth troops in North Africa (Warrior)
This item: Desert Rat 1940-43: British and Commonwealth troops in North Africa (Warrior)
Price: $16.98
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com

Want to discover more products? Check out these pages to see more: desert insects, africa before egypt, ww2 history north africa, desert warrior