The Phantom Major: The Story of David Stirling and the SAS Regiment

The Phantom Major The Story of David Stirling and the SAS Regiment In the dark and uncertain days of and when Rommel s Afrika Korps was sweeping towards Egypt and the Suez Canal a small group of daring raiders made history for the Allies They operated dee

  • Title: The Phantom Major: The Story of David Stirling and the SAS Regiment
  • Author: Virginia Cowles
  • ISBN: 9781848843868
  • Page: 492
  • Format: Paperback
  • In the dark and uncertain days of 1941 and 1942, when Rommel s Afrika Korps was sweeping towards Egypt and the Suez Canal, a small group of daring raiders made history for the Allies They operated deep behind the German lines, driving hundreds of miles through the deserts of North Africa They hid by day and struck by night, destroying aircraft, blowing up ammunition dumpIn the dark and uncertain days of 1941 and 1942, when Rommel s Afrika Korps was sweeping towards Egypt and the Suez Canal, a small group of daring raiders made history for the Allies They operated deep behind the German lines, driving hundreds of miles through the deserts of North Africa They hid by day and struck by night, destroying aircraft, blowing up ammunition dumps, derailing trains and killing many times their own number The men were the Special Air Service, the SAS, the brainchild of David Stirling, a deceptively mild mannered man with a brilliant idea Under his command, small teams of resourceful, highly trained men penetrated beyond the front lines of the opposing armies and wreaked havoc where the Germans least expected it Virginia Cowles s The Phantom Major is a classic account of these raids, an amazing tale of courage, impudence and daring, packed with action and high adventure Her narrative, based on the eyewitness testimony of the men who took part, gives a fascinating insight into the early years of the SAS.

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    About " Virginia Cowles "

  • Virginia Cowles

    Harriet Virginia Spencer Cowles OBE was a noted American journalist, biographer, and travel writer During her long career, Cowles went from covering fashion, to covering the Spanish Civil War, the turbulent period in Europe leading up to World War II, and the entire war Her service as a correspondent was recognized by the British government with an Order of the British Empire OBE in 1947 After the war, she published a number of critically acclaimed biographies of historical figures In 1983, while traveling with her husband in France, she was killed in an automobile accident near Biarritz.

  • 548 Comments

  • 3.75 stars, rounded up for the narration. Robert Whitfield, aka Simon Vance, is simply an amazing reader, neatly portraying Scottish, French, German, and British accents. Augmenting this book, I also watched YouTube videos on David Stirling, SAS. The topic itself is outside my field of expertise, and I occasionally felt my interest waning, but it's also historically intriguing, humorous, heartwarming, and suspenseful.Told in 3rd person, this account covers from 1941-1944, from the origins of the [...]


  • 4 ½ stars. Great subject, but the book could have used something more. I’d like a different author to do it.The greatest thing about this book is the character David Stirling and the unbelievable things he and his guys did. David conceived the idea of the SAS and got permission to train a group of men to go behind enemy lines, onto enemy property, and blow up planes, trucks, and supplies. This book is about the SAS in northern Africa in 1941-1942. I believe it was written from interviews and [...]


  • I thoroughly enjoyed the slow read I took within this book – very well written, it reads more like a novel than it does of history but the fascinating thing here it reads well and is historically accurate. The British Special Air Service (SAS) and the destruction it caused on German and Italian Air Forces in North Africa during the Second World War is a fascinating story unto itself. The operational missions were all daring and often challenged not by the mere geography alone but often by thos [...]


  • Virginia Cowles did a superior job describing how L Detachment was the brainchild of David Stirling, eventually developing into the S.A.S. (Special Air Service). This book is highly entertaining for those who enjoy historical novels about World War Two, and it's equally entertaining for fiction-lovers. Stirling faced many obstacles within the British Army when he brought his idea of this clandestine outfit to the General's office. Fortunately he was determined and when someone finally listened, [...]


  • I first read this book when I in my last years of school, I loved it. I have just listened to it this time on audiobook and it's as good as I remember some 30 years ago when I first read it. It made such and impact that I still remembered many of the raids in detail. It's a real boys own attitude to warfare, coupled with Science, Determination, and commen sense. It appetimises the change in character from the long in the tooth ideas of warfare served up by some in the army at this time to the ne [...]


  • This book starts out with a humorous account of a Scot sneaking into a general's office to finally get past the red tape and get an audience for his brilliant idea to sabotage Rommel's war in North Africa. There are other fun stories, such as the one where the unit (short on supplies) boldly enters the New Zealand camp in broad daylight and packs up their supplies including a grand piano. They justify this in their minds by saying the New Zealand Government takes better care of their soldiers an [...]


  • My Father had this book and I read and re-read it. In the 1970s we only had two television stations to view and AM radio so he was a member of the Readers Book Club and received a new book on a monthly basis. His copy was named "Who Dares Wins" and this book told of how David Stirling formed a new type of "behind the enemy lines" military unit in the western desert campaign against the German General Rommel. As I remember this book it was a good read and why I have purchased a new copy of this b [...]


  • This was a right riveting read.I thoroughly enjoyed it. Really amazing exploits carried out by the men who started the SAS and those of the Long Range Desert Group. I do like the way the books of the fifties and sixties were laid out. The maps are really clear and simple, and placed in the right place within the text for easy reference, unlike the maps in Tip and Run, which is a modern book. The writing was at times a bit "Jolly Hockey Sticks" but otherwise an excellent book.


  • Fun, old-style book about the founding of Britain's SAS. I like it since most of it takes place in Egypt, and it was recommended to me by a prof since it's all about the "indirect approach." A little differently, granted, than we learned about in IPCR, but indirect (and effective) nonetheless.


  • A cracking read about the origins of the SAS in the desert war of World War II. Meticulously researched with the help of veterans and full of detail about the thrilling exploits of the early SAS.






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