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Masters of Mayhem

by James Stejskal

Masters of Mayhem Synopsis

Second place in the Military History Monthly Book of the Year Award 2018 Striking where the enemy is weakest and melting away into the darkness before he can react. Never confronting a stronger force directly, but willing to use audacity and surprise to confound and demoralize an opponent. Operations driven by good intelligence, area knowledge, mobility, speed, firepower, and detailed planning and executed by a few specialists with indigenous warriors - this is unconventional warfare. T. E. Lawrence was one of the earliest practitioners of modern unconventional warfare. His tactics and strategies were used by men like Mao and Giap in their wars of liberation. Both kept Lawrence's Seven Pillars of Wisdom close at hand. This book looks at the creation of the HEDGEHOG force, the formation of armoured car sections and other units, and focuses the Hejaz Operations Staff, the Allied officers and men who took Lawrence's idea and prosecuted it against the Ottoman Turkish army assisting Field Marshal Allenby to achieve victory in 1918. Stejskal concludes with an examination of how HEDGEHOG has influenced special operations and unconventional warfare, including Field Marshal Wavell, the Long Range Desert Group, and David Stirling's SAS.

Masters of Mayhem Press Reviews

Mr. Stejskal has done much the same by taking the story beyond Lawrence to include the men who did so much to achieve victory in 1918. Their remarkable story can be found here and you will not be disappointed with the telling. * War History Online * If you truly desire to look at how thinking outside the box worked in a very practical way and led to some of the tactical concepts we hold as gospel today, then reading this gripping book is a must! * PMCI Magazine 20/06/2019 * Here Lawrence the soldier - and the actions of his military colleagues - are put in valuable perspective. I would recommend this to fervent Lawrencians and his nay-sayers alike. * Stand to! 05/06/2019 * this new work by James Stejskal offers an interesting and valid take on the campaign for whom Lawrence became such a talisman. * War History Online * ... James Stejskal provide[s] excellent, authoritative source material that is as useful for intelligence and Special Operations practitioners as it is for historians of the Great Arab Revolt. * CIA Center for the Study of Intelligence 11/02/2019 * As Lawrence put it in his 27 Articles 'The Hejaz confounds ordinary tactics.' Masters of Mayhem provides an excellent basis for an understanding of why this was, and it, the case, and how the Allied forces at the time set about developing a new style of warfare to cope with it. * Military History Matters (Reviewer) * ... offer(s) plenty of quotes from Lawrence and details of his escapades. * The Armourer 21/02/2019 *

Book Information

ISBN: 9781612005744
Publication date: 1st August 2018
Author: James Stejskal
Publisher: Casemate Publishers
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 304 pages
Categories: First World War, Warfare & defence, African history,

About James Stejskal

James Stejskal is a former US Army Special Forces soldier who served on special operations in many interesting places worldwide before retiring as a Chief Warrant Officer 4. He was then recruited by the Central Intelligence Agency to serve again as a senior Case Officer in Africa, Europe, and the Far East before finally retiring from active service. He is now a military historian and the author of Special Forces Berlin and Masters of Mayhem. He lives in Virginia with his wife, Wanda.

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