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Category: Military History
The War That Never Was: The True Story of the Men Who Fought Britain’s Most Secret Battle by Duff Hart-Davis
London: Century, 2011
Hardback with Dust Jacket over Black boards with Gilt titling to Spine
2nd impression. Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Colour Photographs;
From the cover: For the very first time, The War That Never Was tells the fascinating story of a secret war fought by British mercenaries in the Yemen in the early 1960s. In a covert operation organised over whisky and sodas in the clubs of Chelsea and Mayfair, a group of former SAS officers led by the irrepressible Colonel Jim Johnson arranged for a squadron of British mercenaries to travel to the remote mountain regions of the Yemen, to arm, train and lead Yemeni tribesmen in their fight against a 60,000-strong contingent of Egyptian soldiers.
It was one of the most uneven running battles ever waged; the Egyptians fielded a huge, professionally-trained army. The British fought back at the head of a ragtag force of tribal warriors and, ultimately, won. Egypts President Nasser described the battle in the Yemen as my Vietnam.
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