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The Long Range Desert Group has the distinction of being not just one of the first special forces units to be formed in the Second World War but, more importantly, one of the most effective; General Erwin Rommel is on record as believing so. This splendid record takes the reader behind enemy lines not only in North Africa but in Italy, the Aegean and the Balkans. It paints a vivid picture of the units colourful characters: for example, Ralph Bagnold who put to good use the knowledge he gained from his pre-war desert travels. The LRDG was truly international with New Zealanders and Rhodesians playing key roles. This classic book won acclaim from the critics on its first publication by virtue of the author's unique knowledge, experience and narrative skills. His account of the LRDG's operations is admirably complemented by his shrewd observations of the politico-military climate within the unit operated.
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Major-General David Lloyd Owen, CB DSO OBE MC was educated at Winchester College and the Royal Military College, Sandhurst. Commissioned into The Queen's Royal Regiment in 1938, he saw service in Palestine before joining the Long Range Desert Group in 1941. Two years later, at the age of 26, he took over command of the unit until its disbandment in 1945. He has been Chairman of the LRDG Association since 1945. His post-war service included the posts of Military Assistant to the High Commissioner in Malaya (1952-53), Commander 24 infantry Brigade in Kenya (1962-64) and GOC Cyprus District and Near East Land Forces (1966-69). The author, who is married with three sons, is now retired and lives in Norfolk.

Reviews

"'A splendid Adventure Story' - The Guardian; 'A tale of tremendous courage and enthusiasm - A delight to read' - The Field; 'Marvellously exciting reading' - The Spectator"

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