The Phantom Major: The Story of David Stirling and His Desert Command

Version: Unabridged
Author: Virginia Cowles
Narrator: Simon Vance
Genres: History, Military
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Published In: February 2002
# of Units: 8 CDs
Length: 8 hours, 51 minutes
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In the dark and uncertain days of 1941 and 1942, when Rommel's tanks were sweeping towards Suez, a handful of daring raiders were making history for the Allies. They operated deep behind the German lines, often 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.
These were the SAS—Stirling's desert raiders, the brainchild of a deceptively mild-mannered man with a brilliant idea. Small teams of resourceful, highly trained men would penetrate beyond the front lines of the opposing armies and wreak havoc where the Germans least expected it.

The Phantom Major is the classic account of these desert raids, an amazing tale of courage, impudence, and daring, packed with action and high adventure. An intimate record based on eyewitness accounts, this book still stands as the definitive history of the early years of the SAS.

Reviews (1)

Better than I anticipated

Written by M.Wood on February 26th, 2016

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I actually really enjoyed this book, These Brits had guts, and it was amazing what they did in the war. Great dry humor.

Author Details

Author Details

Cowles, Virginia

Virginia Cowles (1910-1983) was an author and journalist. Born in Vermont, USA she became a well-known journalist in the 1930s with her columns appearing on both sides of the Atlantic. Her autobiography, "Looking for Trouble" (Faber Finds) covers with brio her reporting of the main events between 1935 and 1940. During the Second World War she covered the Italian campaign, the liberation of Paris, and the Allied invasion of Germany. In 1945 she married the politician and writer Aidan Crawley. She wrote many biographies including "Winston Churchill; the Era and the Man "and "Edward V11 and His C