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Stirling's Desert Triumph

The SAS Egyptian Airfield Raids 1942 · Raid

by Gavin Mortimer Author · Peter Dennis Illustrator


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The night of July 26, 1942 saw one of the most audacious raids of World War II, just as the outcome of that conflict hung in the balance. In North Africa, a convoy of 18 Allied jeeps carrying Special Air Service personnel appeared out of the early-morning darkness and drove onto the Axis landing strip at Sidi Haneish in the Egyptian desert. Within the space of a few savage minutes 18 Axis aircraft were ablaze; a dozen more were damaged and scores of guards lay dead or wounded. The men responsible for the raid then vanished into the night as swiftly as they had arrived, prompting the Germans to dub the enemy leader, David Stirling, 'The Phantom Major'.

Featuring full-color artwork, gripping narrative and incisive analysis, this engaging study recounts the origins, planning, execution and aftermath of the daring raid that made the name of the SAS at the height of World War II.

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Bloomsbury Publishing
Osprey Publishing
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Gavin Mortimer (Author)

Gavin Mortimer is the author of The Great Swim. He has written for a wide range of publications, from Esquire to the Daily Telegraph, from BBC History to the Observer. A long distance swimmer, he lives in the south of France.

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Author :
Gavin Mortimer
Illustrator :
Alan Gilliland
Illustrator :
Peter Dennis
Illustrator :
Johnny Shumate
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