The War That Never Was, Paperback


For the very first time, "The War That Never Was" tells the fascinating story of a secret war fought by British mercenaries in the Yemen in the early 1960s.

In a covert operation organised over whisky and sodas in the clubs of Chelsea and Mayfair, a group of former SAS officers - led by the irrepressible Colonel Jim Johnson - arranged for a squadron of British mercenaries to travel to the remote mountain regions of the Yemen, to arm, train and lead Yemeni tribesmen in their fight against a 60,000-strong contingent of Egyptian soldiers.

It was one of the most uneven running battles ever waged; the Egyptians fielded a huge, professionally-trained army.

The British fought back at the head of a ragtag force of tribal warriors and, ultimately, won.

Egypt's President Nasser described the battle in the Yemen as 'my Vietnam'.

It's a fascinating, forgotten, and rip-roaringly entertaining pocket of British military history, much in the spirit of Ben MvIntyre's bestselling "Agent Zigzag and Operation Mincemeat".


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 400 pages, Illustrations (some col.), map, ports. (some col.)
  • Publisher: Cornerstone
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  • Category: True war & combat stories
  • ISBN: 9780099553298



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