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Product Details

  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: The National Archives (September 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905615299
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905615292
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,735,332 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This volume, originally published by Britain's National Archives in hardback in 2011, includes two formerly secret reports written shortly after the Second World War by Brigadier Wynterts. The first covers the operations of the Long Range Desert Group in North Africa from mid-1940 through March 1943, and the second with those of various other special operations forces in the Middle East and North Africa from early 1943 to April of 1943, such as Commandos, Layforce, and the SAS and SBS. Although a `first look' at the events, and thus naturally almost entirely from the British side, both works are highly informative, describing the origins, formation, organization, and above all operations of these troops. Literally scores of missions are covered, not merely the more glamorous one that ended up spawning memoirs and even motion pictures. A very useful book for those with an interest in special operations or in the desert war.

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The National Archives is the UK government's official archive, containing a thousand years of history from the Domesday Book to the present day. The 170km of records held at Kew in south-west London range from parchment and paper scrolls through to recently created digital files and archived websites. They contain not only famous documents - the last telegram from the Titanic or the 'Jack the Ripper' files - but also the stories of ordinary voices - shot down aircrews, impassioned divorce trials, the service histories of WW1'Tommies' and much more.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A. A. Nofi on February 4, 2013
Format: Paperback
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'This volume, originally published by Britain's National Archives in hardback in 2011, includes two formerly secret reports written shortly after the Second World War by Brigadier Wynterts. The first covers the operations of the Long Range Desert Group in North Africa from mid-1940 through March 1943, and the second with those of various other special operations forces in the Middle East and North Africa from early 1943 to April of 1943, such as Commandos, Layforce, and the SAS and SBS. Although a `first look' at the events, and thus naturally almost entirely from the British side, both works are highly informative, describing the origins, formation, organization, and above all operations of these troops. Literally scores of missions are covered, not merely the more glamorous one that ended up spawning memoirs and even motion pictures. A very useful book for those with an interest in special operations or in the desert war.'

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By WeezeyBob on January 28, 2013
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This is an extremely detailed history of LRDG operations. Well worth having. The only disappointment is that it does not contain a single photograph! It is not a history of the SAS in North Africa.
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