Thundering across the desert wilderness came the savage band of Tuaregs-veiled warrior horsemen. Suddenly their mounts faltered, shied and pulled up, to stand trembling. Amazed, the Tuaregs cocked their rifles and looked around for signs of an enemy. Nothing! Then, from beyond a high ridge ahead came again the strange, unearthly sound that had frightened their mounts. A kind of music, it seemed to be.
They dismounted and crept over to the edge of the bowl-shaped depression. One by one their heads came up, until the hollow was ringed with them. Every Arab was pop-eyed at what he saw down there!
This quirky classic from 1965 features a maverick Scottish captain, in charge of a tough team who specialise in hit-and-run raids. Sound familiar?
No, this is not an unseen tale from half a century ago featuring our popular "Ramsey's Raiders" squad.
Desert Traitor's main protagonist, Captain Rory Maclean, may have some similarities to his fellow officer, Jimmy Ramsey, but these are genuinely coincidental, however surprising.
So who knows, if such a thing as a parallel universe is ever discovered - perhaps its Commando readers are still enjoying the continuing adventures of "Rory's Raiders"?
Scott Montgomery, Deputy Editor
Note: Originally published as Commando No 173 (July 1965).