Autumn, 1942: Hitler's legions have swept across Europe. Soviet Russia reels under the German onslaught while across the channel, Britain struggles on.
And in North Africa, Field Marshall Erwin Rommel and his Afrika Korps have routed the 8th Army, threatening the oil fields of the Middle East. The war ...more
This tale is set in the years AD 1942-1943, in North Africa with Field Marshall Rommel and his Afrika Corps.
Against Rommel the British are finding it hard to stop these Germans, their 8th already routed, and now in a desperate attempt they will try a new tactic.
With the war in the balance, the British will develop a plan to create a small force behind enemy lines, and that force will create a blow ...more
Pressfield, who also wrote Gates of Fire about the Battle of Thermopylae, works hard to keep the story interesting while trying to adhere to a realistic portrayal of war. War has been described as mainly periods of boredom occasionally punctuated ...more
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This is not an ordinary historical novel. Instead, it is a fictionalized journal/memoir of a WW2 British tank officer in North Africa who is seconded to the Long Range Desert Group on a mission to kill Rommel. In this journal format, Pressfield delivers an accurate account of tank warfare in the desert and the activities of the Long Range Desert Group, t ...more
The book follows the exploits of a Long Range Desert Group patrol in the vast North African deserts in 1942-3. The group is tasked with a seemingly-impossible mission: infiltrate behind German lines and kill Rommel. It turns into a nail-biting saga of survival, as these se ...more
Moving away from the ancient world and into the 20th century seems to have served Steven Pressfield quite well. Many readers may be unfamiliar with the Long Range Desert Group (popularized in the 1960s TV series The Rat Patrol), but this powerful, thoroughly researched novel should change that. Pressfield creates the same edge-of-your-seat drama, remarkable battle scenes, and strong characters that populate his acclaimed novels of ancient warfare. Chapman contemplates war as he learns to fight a...more
I loved the descriptions of Rommel's tank tactics: "tied in forces will hold and forces in the air will run". It was also interesting to note that most of the special ops were doing re ...more
However, it's not all military jargon and unit names. There are personal stories from the author and his civilian acquaintances that soften the war gyrations.
The importance of the campaign maps to keep track of the action and the North African names can't be understated. ...more
The author though did a great job capturing the ocean-like experience of fighting in the desert and the courage of LRDG.
Some good bits, especially the end, but there's a lot of filler too. ...more
I also read the Book mentioned in this book as the definitive book on Rommel. But that was many years ago.
The book made the fighting in the desert in WWII realistic and on a small scale. As you read you can feel the power of the desert and the difficulty of not just surviving but of fighting there. But best of all is how human the soldiers are fighting each other. A fine and meaningful book.
I graduated from Duke University in 1965.
In January of 1966, when I was on the bus leaving Parris Island as a freshly-minted Marine, I looked back and thought there was at least one good thing about this departure. "No matter what happens to me for the rest of my life, no one can ever send me back to this freakin' place a ...more