Présentation de l'éditeur
The story of the last surviving 'Desert Rats' in their own words and their experience of war in North Africa. From 1940-3 Britain was engaged in a life and death struggle with the Axis powers in North Africa, a titanic, swaying conflict that surged back and forth across the barren wastes of Egypt, Libya and Tunisia. This desert war encompassed many of the epic battles of the Second World War, Halfaya Pass, Gazala, Tobruk, and El Alamein. Those British servicemen who were to form the legendary 'Desert Rats' were, for the most part, not professional soldiers; they were drawn from all walks of civilian life and almost without exception, had never set foot in the Western Desert, few had ever left the shores of England. Yet upon them the burden of the war would rest for nearly three long years and their final victory cleared the whole of North Africa, opening the door for the invasions of Sicily and Italy. They were ordinary men who did extraordinary things in most extraordinary circumstances. The book includes numerous unpublished veterans accounts, collected by the author from personal interviews together with unique contemporary photographs.
Biographie de l'auteur
John Sadler has had a lifelong interest in military history. He now combines writing with lecturing in History at Newcastle University and working as a battlefield tour guide, living history interpreter, and heritage consultant. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. As archivist of the Durham Light Infantry Museum he has also taken veterans groups to North Africa to re-visit the battlefields. His other books include EL ALAMEIN 1942: THE STORY OF THE BATTLE IN THE WORDS OF THE SOLDIERS, GLENCOE: THE INFAMOUS MASSACRE 1692 ('Remarkably vivid - reads like a horror thriller' THE SCOTS MAGAZINE; 'Handsomely produced and lavishly illustrated - a very readable book' HISTORY SCOTLAND), CULLODEN: THE LAST CHARGE OF THE HIGHLAND CLANS 1746 ('Drawing extensively on first-hand accounts, paints a vivid picture of the campaign and battle' SCOTLAND IN TRUST), SCOTTISH BATTLES ('A thrilling account of a turbulent nation' SCOTLAND ON SUNDAY), and BORDER FURY (Transports readers back to the events of the day, giving a feel of what it was like to participate in combat then' THE SCOTS MAGAZINE). He lives in Northumberland.