PBS ed., 1975. 192 pp., numerous photo-ills., ills., maps & plans. D.j., 30 x 22cm. Corners & section of lower edge bumped o/w V.G. It was the British soldier's ability to adapt himself to living and fighting in the strange and hostile environment of the Desert that contributed so much to eventual victory. This point is conveyed with clarity in this superb study of the Desert Rats in World War II. Based on the reminiscences of men who lived and fought in the Desert, this volume stands as a powerful evocation of the war in the Western Desert from the first encounters in 1940 to the Axis surrender in Tunisia in 1943.