Desert Raiders: Axis and Allied Special Forces, 1940-43

Front Cover
Osprey Publishing, Jul 24, 2007 - History - 96 pages
0 Reviews

Although harsh and inhospitable, the North African theater of World War II proved to be a perfect environment for irregular warfare and the deployment of Special Forces. Four countries took part in this 'shadow war': Great Britain, most successfully of all; Free France, including a surprising solitary campaign from Chad; Italy, mainly engaged in defending the Libyan southern line of communications; and Germany, operating an extensive spy network throughout Egypt.

Andrea Molinari deals with the development and organization of these unique units, and examines how the conditions in North Africa affected the Special Forces of all the countries involved as unconventional units were increasingly used to fight in unconventional conditions in the depths of the "sea of sand" between Libya and Egypt. Accompanied by evocative wartime photography, comprehensive maps and detailed organizational charts, this is the first complete coverage of desert raiders on both sides of the war. With Dr. Duncan Anderson, Head of War Studies at the British military academy and leading military historian, acting as consulting editor, this book is a definitive analysis of the world's first Special Forces.


What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.

Selected pages


Section 1
Section 2
Section 3
Section 4
Section 5
Section 6
Section 7
Section 8

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2007)

Andrea Molinari has worked as a junior researcher on international defense issues in both civil and military Italian research institutes. He is an expert on Axis forces in the Mediterranean theater of World War II. He has also worked for major Italian publishing companies as an editor and/or translator for the Italian edition of military history books and novels including Andy McNab's Bravo Two Zero. He currently works for DeAgostini and Hachette partworks as the chief editor and team manager for military and modeling. The author lives in Milan, Italy.

Bibliographic information