The Phantom Major: The Story of David Stirling and His Desert Command

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9780786195930: The Phantom Major: The Story of David Stirling and His Desert Command

In the dark and uncertain days of 1941 and 1942, when Rommel's tanks were sweeping toward Suez, a handful of daring raiders were making history for the Allies. They operated deep behind the German lines, often driving hundreds of miles through the deserts of North Africa. They hid by day and struck by night, destroying aircraft, blowing up ammunition dumps, derailing trains, and killing many times their own number. These were the SAS--Stirling's desert raiders, the brainchild of a deceptively mild-mannered man with a brilliant idea. Small teams of resourceful, highly trained men would penetrate beyond the front lines of the opposing armies and wreak havoc where the Germans least expected it. The Phantom Major is the classic account of these desert raids, an amazing tale of courage, impudence, and daring, packed with action and high adventure. An intimate record based on eyewitness accounts, this book still stands as the definitive history of the early years of the SAS.

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Virginia Cowles is a journalist and a biographer. In the 1930s, she moved to London, where she became a correspondent for the Hearst papers. Her work took her to Spain during their Civil War, to Prague to see the fall of Czechoslovakia, to Moscow, Italy and Paris just before the Nazis took the city, and to London during the Battle of Britain. Her bestselling book, Looking for Trouble, gives a human interest and first-hand account of events in Europe during those tumultuous years.



Simon Vance is an award-winning actor and an AudioFile Golden Voice with over forty Earphones Awards. He has won thirteen prestigious Audie Awards and was Booklist's very first Voice of Choice in 2008. He has narrated more than eight hundred audiobooks over almost thirty years, beginning when he was a radio newsreader for the BBC in London.

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British Major David Sterling's daring raids of sabotage against German and Italian airplanes and ships during WWII in Africa made him the father of special forces warfare. His explosives volunteers could destroy more planes than regular squadrons of British flying aces. Sometimes Irish and sometimes Scots, reader Robert Whitfield's multiple British accents, from aristocratic speech to street slang, add color and realism to the suspenseful stories of daring moonlight attacks. This military story is ideally suited to audio: Maps aren't necessary to follow its excitement, and the reader adds a pleasing dimension with his skill at accents, reminding us of whom the story is about. J.A.H. © AudioFile 2002, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine

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