THE LONG RANGE DESERT GROUP IN ACTION 1940-1943 - IMAGES OF WAR
Rare Photographs from Wartime Archives
Autore: Brendan O'Carroll
Storia illustrata del Long Range Desert Group dalla sua formazione nel luglio 1940 e le operazioni compiute durante la seconda guerra mondiale iniziando con le attività di ricognizione e di raccolta di informazioni in Africa Settentrionale, le missioni in Libano e successivamente le operazioni nell‘Egeo. Molte foto furono scattate dai soldati stessi in missione e illustrano i soldati, le armi e i mezzi in dotazione.
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 to achieve their missions.
After victory in North Africa the LRDG re-located to Lebanon before being sent on the ill-fated mission to the Dodecanese Islands in the Aegean.
Serving independently, when the Germans overwhelmed and captured the British garrisons, many LRDG personnel escaped using their well-honed skills.
Many images in this, the first pictorial history of the LRDG, were taken unofficially by serving members. The result is a superb record of the LRDG’s achievements, the personalities, their weapons and vehicles which will delight laymen and specialists alike.
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