Born in Cairo and educated in France, Jack Mann joined the British Army as a teenager in 1941. He was selected as a radio operator and signaller. His language and desert living skills soon found him assigned to the Long Range Desert Group and then the SAS on its formation. He later transferred to SBS for raiding operations in the Mediterranean, finally teaching languages to the SOE.
Jack Mann is one of the last surviving members of the secret desert war in North Africa and the Mediterranean. He has rarely spoken in public. Historian and former soldier Paul Beaver will explore Jack's military career and draw out some of the more unusual aspects of a life less ordinary.