Desert Raids with the SAS (Hardback)
Memories of Action, Capture and Escape
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Tony Hough’s war started with ski training in the Alps in early 1940 preparing for winter warfare in Finland. Nothing came of that. Later that year, back with 9th Battalion, The Rifle Brigade, he sailed for North Africa. In March 1941, his under-gunned Battalion suffered a catastrophic baptism of fire in Libya from 15,000 troops and 500 tanks of Rommel’s Afrika Korps.
For the next 18 months Hough and his Battalion experienced brutal conflict against a formidable enemy. Selected for David Stirling’s elite 1st Special Air Service (SAS), he was captured in December 1942 while raiding behind enemy lines.
Sent to an Italian POW camp he suffered the deprivations of captivity. Taking advantage of the September 1943 Italian Armistice, he and fellow POWs escaped. After an arduous three month ordeal, he reached Allied lines thanks to the help of brave locals. He went on to fight in North West Europe before becoming a Town Major in occupied Germany.
Beautifully and modestly written, Tony’s many and varied experiences make for a classic war memoir. It is heartening that even after 75 years, accounts such as this are still appearing.
An exciting ‘Boys Own’ story of SAS operations in North Africa, capture and internment in an Italian POW camp, escape back to the fight and Town Major in occupied Germany at the end of WWII. The SAS has always been surrounded by mystery by the very nature of its purpose as a covert Special Force. This book lifts the lid on the exciting career of one officer before, during, and after SAS service. – Very Highly RecommendedFiretrench
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There is a very good set of supporting photographs and two appendices which bring the story up to date. The title of the book is misleading as there are only two of the sixteen chapters about the SAS and only one raid is described.Clash of Steel
We highly recommend this book as a fascinating insight into one man’s war.
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The book covers a lot of ground and is a further piece of the enormous jigsaw of those who experienced the Second World War, a precious piece of history, a tribute to those who fought. It may be that the SAS mantra includes daring and willing to take risks, but it is clear, the men of the 9th also dared and won!Robert Bartlett