• The War that Never Was

  • The True Story of the Men who Fought Britain's Most Secret Battle
  • By: Duff Hart-Davis
  • Narrated by: Cameron Stewart
  • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (3 ratings)

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The War that Never Was

By: Duff Hart-Davis
Narrated by: Cameron Stewart
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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. Egypt's President Nasser described the battle in the Yemen as ‘my Vietnam’.

It’s a fascinating, forgotten, and rip-roaringly entertaining pocket of British military history.

©2011 Duff Hart-Davis (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
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Informative

Very informative and well researched however can't recall when I listened to a drier book.