A gripping account of the first significant Second World War Allied victory: the Western Desert Campaign.
Had the Allies lost in North Africa, Rommel's Afrika Corps would have swept through the Middle East, cutting the vital supply line through the Suez Canal to Australia and India, and taking the oilfields of the Persian Gulf. Britain would have been isolated, without oil, and unable to fight.
These crucial battles of 1940-1943 were fought over vast distances on rugged terrain, with supply lines often stretched to breaking point. It was here that David Stirling formed the SAS to perform audacious sabotage missions, and the Long Range Desert Group collected intelligence from behind enemy lines.
Told in the voices of the men who were there, this is the story of the Allies first victory against Hitler's army, which proved that the seemingly unstoppable Germans could be beaten.