Friday, 16 March 2012

Book Review - Desert Raiders

Desert Raiders: Axis and Allied Special Forces 1940-43, Andrea Molinari, Osprey Battle Orders no 23, 96 pages.
I continue to read more on LRDG and British Special Forces, and this book covers the raiding forces of both sides of the desert war.
On the British side there is quite a lot on LRDG, and the most interesting for me was the information on unit organization. Tables on vehicles, crews and armament of different patrols at different times. Very useful information
There is also organization data on Free French forces similar to LRDG, Italian Sahariana and other forces and a couple of German special units.
Some info on doctrine and training and a big chunk on tactics, especially of some LRDG raids. A couple of pages on command, control, communications and intelligence, the same on weapons and equipment . The book end with a couple of pages on lessons learned, a nice chronology and a useful bibliography.
All in all a very useful book and a very good companion to the Osprey Long Range Desert Group Patrolman. I fully recommend it and give it a rating of 4 out of 5.

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