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SAS Ghost Patrol

The Ultra-Secret Unit That Posed as Nazi Stormtroopers
Narrated by: Leighton Pugh
Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
Categories: History, Military
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The Ultra-Secret Unit That Posed As Nazi Stormtroopers

The Most Daring Mission Ever Undertaken

SAS Ghost Patrol is the explosive true story of the day in 1942 when the SAS donned Nazi uniforms to perpetrate the most audacious and daring mission of the war. Beyond top secret, deniable in the extreme (and of course enjoying Churchill's enthusiastic blessing), this is one of the most remarkable stories of wartime lawlessness, eccentricity and raw courage in the face of impossible odds - a thoroughly British undertaking.

What unfolded - the longest mission ever undertaken by Allied special forces - was an epic of daring, courage, tragedy and survival that remains unrivalled to this day, and which rightly became a foundation stone of Special Forces legend. Written with Lewis's signature authenticity and dramatic verve, SAS Ghost Patrol is peopled by a cast of the utterly maverick and the extraordinary. In its quirky eccentricities and outrageous rule-breaking, this is a story that only the British could have authored, and with such panache and aplomb. It may read like the stuff of impossible myth or folklore, but every single word is true.

©2017 Damien Lewis (P)2017 WF Howes Ltd
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Epic Story of Desert War Operations

Words are simply not enough to express the quality and performance of this publication in audio form. Well written, very well performed it portrays actual events with exceptional clarity and prose to enable to listener (reader) to be part of the special operations that took place in 1942.

Must have in any war history audible library.

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Courage and Adversity in The Desert War

It's more than likely that this is not your first Damien Lewis book. You will, therefore know what to expect by now; a well-told tale of daring, courage and bravery amongst seemingly hopeless odds and Ghost Patrol certainly doesn't disappoint here.

But although the incredible true story of the commando raids on the North African coast provide an almost unbelieveably exciting read/listen, their authenticity is beyond doubt. There is no need to embelish any word of their stories with novel-esque adrenaline; it's all true and that's what makes the book such a gripping and important piece of history-writing.

Another masterpiece from Damien.

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exceptional story

more dynamics than one straight listen can take in, a tale of extreme courage, tenacity and moral fortitude, well done

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A good read, and not what I expected.

I wasn’t familiar with the Tobruk raid, so it kept me guessing till it became obvious. I enjoyed the narrator’s delivery, which I found exciting. The only gripe I had was the repeated use of the “unleash hell” phrase, which started to irritate a bit. But that was certainly not enough to detract from a good yarn.

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Thoroughly enjoyable

15 stars says it all really.
It's a great story, well told and we'll performed.
I just wish I had maps with me to go with the audio book.

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Outstanding

Having read the other 3 audio books by Damien Lewis on ww2 special forces. All of which were amazing. This is of course another great listen

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Interesting detail of a little known battle

I enjoy Damien Lewis books for the detail and easy listening. However, I wish he was less hierarchical in his description and portrayal of the characters. For example, the British officers are men of tremendous courage and intellect. The “other ranks” are barely mentioned and when they are they are “steadfast and stoic”. It’s too simplistic and undervalues the many.

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Desert War...💥🐪

The almost suicidal and historic, behind enemy lines, raid on Tobruk by (in those days) unconventional raiding parties. The precursors of our “Special Forces” of today.

Ordinary guys doing extraordinary things, who didn’t have any of the luxury of equipment, technology and medivac available today. And slim chances of returning in the event of a mishap. But they went anyway.

Well read and full of first hand accounts by those who got back.

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Intriguing

Fantastic book which I’ve looked at several times but due to busy schedule found no time to read I listened instead and have to say I was hooked I painted a fence whilst listening Who says men can multitask?

Fantastically written and read book

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Edge of Your Seat Action

Great story and performance. What gets me in all these type stories is the age of the hero’s involved; almost all under 30 and many under 25. Great book but thanks to all who sacrificed.