1st ed., 2004. 303 pp., photo-plates. D.j., 24 x 16cm. FINE. By the summer of 1941 Erwin Rommel seemed to be unbeatable on the battlefield so the British planned to kill him through Operation Flipper. On the eve of the next British offensive, Operation Crusader, a specially trained commando team landed by submarine behind enemy lines. Marching deep into the desert they attacked Rommel's headquarters. At the same time, in its first ever combat mission, the newly created SAS parachuted sabotage teams close to the German airfields to knock out the enemy air forces on the ground. The author reveals how these daring raids were effectively a suicide mission and the tragic Geoffrey Keyes was awarded a posthumous VC for leading the operation. Poor planning and incompetence in high places was matched by fantastic bravery and improvisation that enabled a handful of the survivors to escape back to British lines to tell their story.