John Sadler has been writing and teaching military history for over thirty years with some 34 non-fiction and one historical fiction titles in print. For over two decades he has lectured on war studies at Newcastle and Sunderland Universities Centre for Lifelong Learning, (now the 'Explore' Programme). He is also a highly experienced battlefield tour guide for both world wars, classical, medieval and Napoleonic conflicts. His writing draws heavile on eyewitness accounts and he has been interviewing and recording serving personnel and veterans since the 1980s. His previous books include: Operation Mercury - the Battle for Crete 1941 (Pen & Sword 2006), End of the Beginning - El Alamein 1942 (Amberley 2010), Desert Rats (Amberley 2011), Ghost Patrol - the LRDG (Casemate 2015) and Bertie Buck's Suicide Club - Operation Agreement 1942 (Osprey/Bloomsbury 2016), as well as several volumes in the Casemate Short History series.
"I really enjoyed this book. The pace is deceptive, while the
detail is strong enough to encourage further reading. This sort of
stuff provides the footnotes for the big histories you find in the
history sections of the frontline bookshops in your local mall.
'Enthralling' is the word I am looking for. Highly recommended."--
"War History Online"
'...this is a well written and highly entertaining history, and it is a good introduction to the Long Range Desert Group'-- "History of War"
"...gives us a more serious look at an early special operations force of modern times. He opens with a chapter that sets the stage, sketching in the origins of the British presence in Egypt, the challenges the desert presents to military activity, and a glimpse at earlier campaigns in the region. He then reviews the origins of British special operations forces in the Middle East. Thereafter we get three chapters on the LRDG in the desert war in 1940-1942, then three more on its role in Italy and the Balkans in 1943-1945, where it was less effective. Sadler seasons his account with appropriate historical asides and profiles of many people, most of them on the eccentric side, as well as with digressions on logistics, equipment, and more. He concludes with an overview of special operations since the end of World War II. His many appendices deal with such matters as equipment, rations, and even Italian and German special operations forces in the desert war. This is a good, and probably the best, read for anyone interested in these special operations."-- "StrategyPage"
"An amazing tale of how the world's very first special force was created specifically for North Africa during WWII"-- "Books Monthly"
"Genuinely gripping, a tale of eccentrics and their high adventures during very dangerous times."-- "Classic Military Vehicle"
"The story of one of Great Britain's most famous special forces units. It undertook extended reconnaissance missions and raids under the most extreme conditions"-- "WWII History"