Hellfire by James Holland

By James Holland

Jack Tanner's conflict takes him to the treacherous sands of the North African desert.

August, 1942. North Africa. The wasteland battle hangs within the stability. even supposing their retreat has eventually been halted, morale within the British military is at all-time low. whilst the commander of the 8th military, basic Gott, is killed, it sounds as if foul play is at paintings. An impenetrable Axis undercover agent circuit might be compromising any wish the Allies have of stemming the Nazi tide.

Jack Tanner, convalescing from wounds in a Cairo clinic, is astonished to obtain a battlefield fee with the intention to propel him right into a very diversified international while he returns to motion. healthy once again, he unearths himself dealing with the whole onslaught of Rommel's most modern offensive.

In its aftermath, Tanner and his trusty sidekick Sykes are recruited to paintings at the back of the Axis strains in a determined try and take the struggle to the Nazis. yet the murky global of subterfuge, deceit and homicide they locate themselves 1000000 miles clear of the certainties of the battlefield and someway they need to become aware of who they could belief within the cat-and-mouse global of counter-espionage.

Hellfire sees Tanner scuffling with his means via his most threatening experience but -- one who takes him from the darkish backstreets of Cairo to the open Mediterranean and eventually to at least one of the decisive clashes of the complete struggle -- the conflict of Alamein.

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Jack Tanner's battle takes him to the treacherous sands of the North African desert.

August, 1942. North Africa. The wasteland battle hangs within the stability. even if their retreat has eventually been halted, morale within the British military is at all-time low. whilst the commander of the 8th military, normal Gott, is killed, it appears foul play is at paintings. An impenetrable Axis undercover agent circuit may be compromising any wish the Allies have of stemming the Nazi tide.

Jack Tanner, recuperating from wounds in a Cairo health facility, is astonished to obtain a battlefield fee so one can propel him right into a very various global while he returns to motion. healthy once again, he unearths himself dealing with the whole onslaught of Rommel's newest offensive.

In its aftermath, Tanner and his trusty sidekick Sykes are recruited to paintings in the back of the Axis strains in a determined try to take the struggle to the Nazis. yet the murky international of subterfuge, deceit and homicide they locate themselves 1000000 miles clear of the certainties of the battlefield and one way or the other they have to notice who they could belief within the cat-and-mouse global of counter-espionage.

Hellfire sees Tanner scuffling with his manner via his most deadly experience but -- one who takes him from the darkish backstreets of Cairo to the open Mediterranean and at last to at least one of the decisive clashes of the complete warfare -- the conflict of Alamein.

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We were now privates in the Infantry Corps! Here, 27 C18248 Behind Enemy txt SD 24/8/01 8:45 PM Page 28 BEHIND ENEMY LINES NCOs were to be addressed by their rank. One only stood to attention for an officer, a godlike creature that to date we had only glimpsed as they floated about on mysterious errands. ‘Stewie’ then escorted us to the Q where we were issued with the infantry soldier’s tools of trade. Entrenching tool, helmet, rifle, bayonet and magazines and truly the most wondrous sleeping gear a man had ever seen.

We arrived on 1 August 1966. 38 C18248 Behind Enemy txt SD 24/8/01 8:45 PM Page 39 4 SAS selection Rolling through the Swan Valley on ‘the Rattler’, I wondered what lay in store for us on arrival at Perth Central. Would there be someone to meet us? Where was the SAS Regiment located? But for the moment there was little else to do but relax and enjoy the final stages of the trip through Perth’s eastern suburbs. With a screeching of brakes and a last blast on the whistle, the rail link to the eastern states rolled into the platform.

Presently a corporal turned up. Guv, conscious of his recent award for champion soldier, leapt to his feet and screamed us to attention. The good Cpl almost fell over backwards in sheer surprise at our actions and then spent some time briefing us that Wagga was far behind us. We were now privates in the Infantry Corps! Here, 27 C18248 Behind Enemy txt SD 24/8/01 8:45 PM Page 28 BEHIND ENEMY LINES NCOs were to be addressed by their rank. One only stood to attention for an officer, a godlike creature that to date we had only glimpsed as they floated about on mysterious errands.

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