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Desert Warfare (Hardback)

From its Roman Origins to the Gulf Conflict

Military > Post-WWII Warfare > Gulf & Iraq Wars Military > Pre-WWI P&S History WWI WWII

By Bryan Perrett
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 224
Illustrations: 150 mono illustrations
ISBN: 9781473847453
Published: 18th November 2015

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Approximately one-fifth of the earth's surface consists of desert, and throughout history these arid regions have witnessed some of the world's most decisive battles. Here, Bryan Perrett gives an absorbing account of desert conflicts from the first century BC to more contemporary conflicts such as those in Iran and Iraq. As he demonstrates, acclimatization and familiarization with the day-to-day problems of desert life are vital not only to teach troops how to protect themselves and their equipment, but also to bring them to terms with the harsh environment. The desert does not compromise, and battles fought there result in total victory or total defeat, often at horrific cost.

Initially released in 1988 by Patrick Stephens Limited, this re-issue marks a determination on the author's and the publisher's part to keep an esteemed publication in print.

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Lancashire & North West Magazine

First published in 1988 and again as a hardback in 2015, this book presents an account of desert conflicts from the first century BC to more contemporary conflicts such as those in Iran and Iraq. The author argues that whatever the period, the acclimatisation and familiarisation with the daily problems of desert life are vital not only to teach soldiers how to protect themselves and their equipment, but also to bring them to terms with the harsh environment. While the comments on the problems of desert warfare are certainly interesting enough in themselves, his detailed observations on such subjects as the Senussi War, Mesopotamia and the Arab revolt amongst others make compelling reading. Numerous monochrome illustrations are spread throughout the text; there are also 16 maps, a bibliography and an index.

Stuart Asquith, Author
 Bryan Perrett

About Bryan Perrett

Bryan Perrett was educated at Liverpool College. He served in the Royal Tank Regiment and was awarded the Territorial Decoration. A professional military historian for many years, his books include A History of the Blitzkrieg and Knights of the Black Cross: Hitler's Panzerwaffe and its Leaders. His treatise Desert Warfare was widely consulted during the Gulf War. His most recent works, including Last Stand!, At All Costs! and Against all Odds! examine aspects of motivation. During the Falklands and Gulf Wars Bryan Perrett served as Defense Correspondent to the Liverpool Echo. He is the author of The Hunters and the Hunted (2012), Why the Germans Lost (2013) and Why the Japanese Lost (2014), all published by Pen and Sword Books.

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