Desert Raiders: Axis and Allied Special Forces 1940-43

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Although harsh and inhospitable, the North African theater of World War II proved to be a perfect environment for irregular warfare and the deployment of Special Forces. Four countries took part in this 'shadow war': Great Britain, most successfully of all; Free France, including a surprising solitary campaign from Chad; Italy, mainly engaged in defending the Libyan southern line of communications; and Germany, operating an extensive spy network throughout Egypt.

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Overview

Although harsh and inhospitable, the North African theater of World War II proved to be a perfect environment for irregular warfare and the deployment of Special Forces. Four countries took part in this 'shadow war': Great Britain, most successfully of all; Free France, including a surprising solitary campaign from Chad; Italy, mainly engaged in defending the Libyan southern line of communications; and Germany, operating an extensive spy network throughout Egypt.

Andrea Molinari deals with the development and organization of these unique units, and examines how the conditions in North Africa affected the Special Forces of all the countries involved as unconventional units were increasingly used to fight in unconventional conditions in the depths of the "sea of sand" between Libya and Egypt. Accompanied by evocative wartime photography, comprehensive maps and detailed organizational charts, this is the first complete coverage of desert raiders on both sides of the war. With Dr. Duncan Anderson, Head of War Studies at the British military academy and leading military historian, acting as consulting editor, this book is a definitive analysis of the world's first Special Forces.

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"In all it makes fascinating reading and tends to explode a few myths along the way. It is a book that I found enlightening and entertaining and I'm sure you will as well." -Scott Van Aken, modelingmadness.com (July 2007)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781846030062
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 7/24/2007
  • Series: Battle Orders Series
  • Pages: 96
  • Product dimensions: 7.25 (w) x 9.75 (h) x 0.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Andrea Molinari has worked as a junior researcher on international defense issues in both civil and military Italian research institutes. He is an expert on Axis forces in the Mediterranean theater of World War II. He has also worked for major Italian publishing companies as an editor and/or translator for the Italian edition of military history books and novels including Andy McNab's Bravo Two Zero. He currently works for DeAgostini and Hachette partworks as the chief editor and team manager for military and modeling. The author lives in Milan, Italy.

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Table of Contents


Introduction     4
Combat mission     6
Doctrine and training     9
Unit organization     14
British forces
Italian forces
Free French forces
German forces
Tactics     50
The LRDG in the Fezzan, 27 December 1940-9 February 1941
The Free French at Kufra, February 1941
Reconnaissance in Cyrenaica and Tripolitania
The first campaign in the Fezzan, February-March 1942
The LRDG/SAS partnership, March-May 1942
The big raids, September 1942
The raids in Egypt, July-August 1942
Command, control, communications and intelligence (C31)     76
Command
Control
Communications
Intelligence
Weapons and equipment     82
Weapons
Vehicles and equipment
Lessons learned     88
Interaction with the environment
Chronology     90
Bibliography     92
Glossary     93
Index     95
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