The Long Range Desert Group 1940-1945 (Paperback)
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This splendid record takes the reader behind enemy lines not only in North Africa but in Italy, the Aegean and the Balkans.The Author, who commanded the LRDG, paints a vivid picture of the unit's colourful characters: for example, Ralph Bagnold who put to good use the knowledge he gained from his pre-war desert travels.The LRDG was truly international with New Zealanders and Rhodesians playing key roles.This classic book won acclaim from the critics on its first publication by virtue of the author's unique knowledge, experience and narrative skills.
The Long Range Desert Group was amongst the first special forces units to emerge from the Second World War, yet despite remarkable success it remains one of the least celebrated. This superb account, written by one of their former commanders, examines the formation of the unit, the very diverse personalities which shaped it, the North African operations, and their subsequent role in Italy and the Balkans. It describes in detail the carefully planned and brilliant techniques they employed to smuggle themselves hundreds of miles behind the enemy lines, where they would occasionally carry out small raids, but above all else conceal themselves near strategic points and do the critically important work of reporting on enemy movements and strengths, constantly exposed to the risk of detection and the whims of the desert. The book also considers their early partnership with the SAS, who hitched a ride with them and subsequently adopted their superior methods of using vehicles and a thorough knowledge of the terrain to push deep into enemy territory. Filled with detailed descriptions of individual operations and the remarkable characters who carried them out, this is a very engaging and fine tribute to a small band of men whose impact on the North African campaign in particular was quite immense.Pegasus Archive
The Long Range Desert Group has a strong claim to the first Special Forces unit in the British Army. This superb illustrated history follows the LRDG from its July 1940 formation as the Long Range Patrol in North Africa, tasked with intelligence gathering, mapping and reconnaissance deep behind enemy lines. Manned initially by New Zealanders, in 1940 the unit became the LRDG with members drawn from British Guards and Yeomanry regiments and Rhodesians. So successful were the LRDG patrols, that when the Special Air Service were formed, they often relied on their navigational and tactical skills…By Brendan O'Carroll
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