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SAS Ghost Patrol

by Damien Lewis

September 1941.

A lone German soldier stumbles out of the Saharan wastes – sun-blasted, famished and on the brink of death. He is immediately taken captive by British frontline troops. But this, it transpires, is no enemy. It is Captain Henry Cecil Buck, who has dressed himself in a German officer’s uniform and stolen a German truck, in a desperate bid to escape.
In this unique moment is born his Great Idea: if he could bluff his way out of captivity, surely an Allied unit, similarly disguised, could bluff its way back in again. So was founded Buck’s ultra-secret deception force, consisting of fluent German speakers, wielding German weapons, wearing German uniforms and driving German vehicles flying the Swastika.

Summer 1942.

With the Allies reeling from defeat on all fronts, Britain’s wartime leader conceives of a mission as outrageous as it is seemingly impossible: with Buck’s exhaustively-trained unit in the vanguard, British Special Forces are to attempt the most extraordinary ruse of WWII – driving thousands of miles across the Sahara, to bluff their way into a Nazi stronghold the enemy believes utterly invulnerable. Vintage Churchill, this desperate attempt to turn the tide of Nazi victories would break just about every known rule of war.