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Steel Chariots in the Desert
by S.C. Rolls
'Exciting Episodes In Libya and Hejaz, and Especially Railway-raiding Exploits With Lawrence' - Yorkshire Post - 'Rolls, the driver, our strongest and most resourceful man, the ready mechanic, whose skill and advice largely kept our cars in running order, was nearly in tears over the mishap. The knot of us, officers and men, English, Arabs and Turks, crowded round him and ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published December 14th 2005 by Leonaur Ltd
(first published December 1st 2005)
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Unusual memoir by a wartime military technician who drove an armoured car for Lawrence of Arabia. The technical details of the Rolls-Royce vehicles are interesting, how they were operated and repaired also. The book first covers the campaign against the Senussi in Libya, then against the Turks in Palestine. Rolls liked Lawrence, and makes a positive portrait of him. His comments on arabs, such as how they seemed to be able to smell gold, are humorous but critical. There is one strange reference ...more
S.C. Rolls drove a Rolls Royce armoured car (he's no relation as far as I can make out) in the desert campaigns of WWI, most notably under the direct orders of T.E. Lawrence, who was a frequent passenger. Terrific first hand telling of the hardships (and fun) of the campaign, and insights into Lawrence, whom the author clearly hero worshipped.