Long Range Desert Group Patrolman: The Western Desert 1940-43

Overview

Osprey's study of patrolmen of the Long Range Desert Group of World War II (1939-1945). Nicknamed the 'Libyan Desert Taxi Service' by the SAS, the Long Range Desert Group was tasked with strategic reconnaissance and raiding operations deep inside the enemy-held deserts of North Africa. Armed with light weapons only, and equipped with specially converted light cars and trucks capable of withstanding the harsh conditions, the LRDG quickly proved it could operate in parts of the desert which other troops, including ...
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Overview

Osprey's study of patrolmen of the Long Range Desert Group of World War II (1939-1945). Nicknamed the 'Libyan Desert Taxi Service' by the SAS, the Long Range Desert Group was tasked with strategic reconnaissance and raiding operations deep inside the enemy-held deserts of North Africa. Armed with light weapons only, and equipped with specially converted light cars and trucks capable of withstanding the harsh conditions, the LRDG quickly proved it could operate in parts of the desert which other troops, including the enemy, found impassable. This new Warrior title examines the soldiers of the LRDG from the group's formation, through training, to combat in vast, lonely, and deadly deserts of North Africa.
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"The author included over 50 photographs, many of which are from the archives of the Imperial War Museum. Also included are specially commissioned artworks of seven plates detailing uniforms, equipment and weaponry of the LRDG patrolmen, as well as maps and battle scene art." -www.mataka.org (November 2010)

"This is a handy and worthwhile reference for those who have an interest in this theatre of operations or who would just like to get further information on this unit." - Alan McNeilly, www.armorama.com

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781846039249
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 7/20/2010
  • Series: Warrior Series
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 349,128
  • Product dimensions: 9.68 (w) x 7.38 (h) x 0.18 (d)

Meet the Author

Tim Moreman is a freelance writer and academic. For several years he lectured in the Department of War Studies at King's College London, from where he obtained his PhD. He also held a six-month appointment as Resident Historian at the Army Staff College at Camberley. His primary interests include the British-Indian Army during the 19th and 20th centuries, counter-insurgency, and the British and Commonwealth armies during World War II.

In addition to a significant number of articles and papers, Tim has written two major books: a study of the Indian Army on the North-West Frontier 1849-1947, and a book on the war in Burma and Malaya 1941-45. In recent years he has also worked for the new Dictionary of National Biography and the Australian War Memorial, as well as acting as a historical adviser for the BBC and Carlton Television. He is based in Somerset, UK. The author lives in Somerset, UK.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 4

Chronology 6

The Concept, Role and Training 10

Role

Training

Recruitment 18

Belief and Belonging 20

Appearance, Weapons and Vehicles 23

Life on Campaign 30

Experience in Battle 42

The LRDG and 'road watch'

The raid on Barce, September 1942

Aftermath 58

Museums and Collections 61

Bibliography 62

Index 64

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