Depressingly often we see books promoted as “the forgotten story” or “the untold story”. Yet Stealth Raiders tells such a story, of a few daring Australian infantry who without orders, and alone among the Allied armies, consistently raided the German front in daylight, and for six months in 1918 so demoralized their opponents that they feared to enter the line against them.
Lucas has done a wonderful job recording the bravery and acts of these men; a must for any war historian.
Ian Smith, Starts at 60
Lucas Jordan argues in Stealth Raiders that confidence, bush skills, mistrust of authority and a willingness to give something a go were central to the Australian character at the turn of the 20th century. This expertly researched account of our soldiers’ audacity and courage is essential reading for all WWI history buffs.
Jan Tyquin, Warcry
Here, Jordan tells the story of Australian Diggers who earned notoriety through their unorthodox and highly successful combat methods in this new terrain. Many deployed the skills and talents honed while growing up in the bush back home, making them naturals in the art of launching rapid manoeuvres on enemy outposts – often in the dead of night. By the end of the war, their industrious, daring, happy-go-lucky attitude made them infamous, not only among their own ranks but with the enemy. Jordan cleverly places the courageous tale of the raiders amid the larger story of the war.
Caspar Webb, Courier-Mail
The book gives a highly personal account, featuring diary excerpts and photographs from the men involved in these raids, providing a rare glimpse into our history as told by the men closest to the enemy.
Western Herald, Bourke