Desert Raiders: Axis and Allied Special Forces 1940-43 [NOOK Book]

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Although harsh and inhospitable, the North African theatre of World War II proved to be a perfect environment for irregular warfare and the deployment of Special Forces.


Following Italy's entry into the war in June 1940, the Western Desert became the background for a long conflict dominated by motorized units. The major combatants - Great Britain, Free France, Italy and Germany - all developed irregular units to exploit the unique conditions ...

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Desert Raiders: Axis and Allied Special Forces 1940-43

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Overview

Although harsh and inhospitable, the North African theatre of World War II proved to be a perfect environment for irregular warfare and the deployment of Special Forces.


Following Italy's entry into the war in June 1940, the Western Desert became the background for a long conflict dominated by motorized units. The major combatants - Great Britain, Free France, Italy and Germany - all developed irregular units to exploit the unique conditions of the region with varying degrees of success. This book details the genesis, organization and tactics of these forces, including such famous units as the Long Range Desert Group and the Special Air Service.

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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: 9781472802156
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 3/19/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 96
  • File size: 55 MB
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Meet the Author

Andrea Molinari has worked as a junior researcher on international defence issues in both civil and military Italian research institutes, publishing papers and lectures mainly about Eastern Europe and former Yugoslavia. 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 (e.g. Andy McNab, Patrick Robinson, Michael diMercurio). He currently works for DeAgostini and Hachette partworks as the chief editor and team manager for military and modelling.
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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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