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This book tells the story of the British Army Camouflage Unit in the North African Campaign of the Second World War (1940-43). Surprising it is quite a page turner and does have great detail without being bogged down. If you are interested in the Second World War then this is a must, but if your thing is the North African Campaign with the 8th Army, Deutsch Africa Corps and lets not forget the Italians, then you need this book. Everybody gets a mention, South African Engineers, Australian Desert Rats, British HQ in Cairo or Rommel's adjutant. A good book worth the listen too.
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Overall, this book is alright if you know nothing at all about the WWII battles in North Africa. I thought there would be much more about the Camouflage Unit itself. Instead the men and their work is just a "side dish" to Rommel, Montgomery, Churchill, Hitler, Eisenhower, et. al. Even Operation Bertram and the battle at Alamein is relegated to the last 45 minutes of the story. I'm a rabid war buff and had never even heard of this critical and important military unit. So, for that reason, I'm glad that this story was told. But I feel there are so many layers that have yet to be revealed here. Also, Audible really needs to provide listeners with PDFs of photos and/or maps included in the print copies. I don't know if photos of the camouflage work are available in this book but they would go a long way towards helping us really appreciate the misleading tactics used by the Camouflage Unit.
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I was a bit apprehensive about this audio book before I started listening to it as I was unsure if the subject would be of sufficient interest to keep my attention for the length of the audio. I need not have worried as it was an incredibly thought provoking, insightful and well read book looking at the work of the camouflage unit in the desert.
Within the first 5 minutes I was hooked and everything I vaguely knew about the work of the camouflage unit in the desert was soon corrected and it was even more spectacular then I had thought. Learning that Jasper Maskelyne did not play the part I had thought in the process was certainly an eye-opening and extremely well explained surprise!
The narrator was faultless throughout the book and I would listen to anther book read by him without hesitation. I cannot praise this audio highly enough and would recommend it mostly strongly to anyone with an interest in the Second World War in general and the desert battles in particular.
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