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Saturday, February 15, 2020 | History

3 edition of Long Range Desert Group found in the catalog.

Long Range Desert Group

Shaw, W. B. Kennedy

Long Range Desert Group

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  • 31 Currently reading

Published by Presidio Pr .
Written in English

    Subjects:
  • Land forces & warfare,
  • Military - General,
  • Military - World War II,
  • Special Forces,
  • History,
  • History - Military / War,
  • Military History - World War II

  • The Physical Object
    FormatHardcover
    Number of Pages290
    ID Numbers
    Open LibraryOL9386448M
    ISBN 101853670243
    ISBN 109781853670244

    It is in these years that we see how nations thought they would fight the next war and eventually how these early philosophies of strategy and tactics would evolve into the new concepts of warfare. Most of these weapons were obsolete before the war began and the nations employing them were aware of this fact but had no choice but to press on with the equipment on hand. As a matter of fact, I have written to Middle East saying I will not raise any more difficulties. Image has been color enhanced. Even during WWII, the technology and tactics advanced dramatically.

    Barnett, Correlli - The Desert Generals 8. Kennedy - Long Range Desert Group Finding no trace of the Italians, they turned south and attacked fuel dumps, aircraft and an Italian convoy carrying supplies to Kufra. Their choice in weapons was equally unusual and staggeringly broad. David - Nazi Victory: Crete

    However, as with any Osprey publication, the real value of this volume lies in the high-quality, full-color illustrations of vehicles and the wealth of photographs of almost every vehicle ever used by LRDG, making it an indispensable resource especially for modellers. His book has the additional merit of being to my knowledge the only eyewitness account of LRDG missions in the Mediterranean after the end of the African campaign. It is in these years that we see how nations thought they would fight the next war and eventually how these early philosophies of strategy and tactics would evolve into the new concepts of warfare. This page does not cover that segment of the Group's career. Nobody had to sign up and those that did knew full well the risks of working behind enemy lines. Let Jack know if it's useful.


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Long Range Desert Group book

Everything possible was done to convert LRDG vehicles from ordinary small trucks and jeeps into fast, nimble, heavily armed raiding and reconnaissance vehicles.

The Long Range Desert Group

Since its founding five years earlier, in Junethe LRDG had pioneered and refined the concept and tactics of deep penetration, covert reconnaissance in both the North African desert, and later as a more varied special forces operations unit in the Aegean, Italy and the Balkans.

It was expected that all LRDG troopers should be as comfortable with using and maintaining enemy weapons as British or American ones. If anything went wrong then they could find themselves stuck hundreds of miles behind enemy lines with very limited supplies and ammunition, large numbers of enemy troops hunting for them, North African desert tribes who might either help them or sell them to the enemy depending on which suited them best, burning heat during the day, freezing cold at night, snakes, spiders, sandstorms, enemy aircraft, ground patrols, impassable obstacles and the ever-present chance of their vehicles breaking down and stranding them in the desert.

For the next two years, the Allies would face off against the legendary Desert Fox and his Afrika Korps.

Long Range Desert Group 1940

Their cap badge was a wheel reflecting their mobility around a scorpion a small desert creature with a lethal sting. Michael Morgan, Sting of the Scorpion Sutton order This recently-published book by the son of SAS veteran Jack Morgan gives a complete history of the LRDG from its beginnings to the unit's disbandment in in a most unusual way: the main source for Morgan's narrative are contributions to the annual newsletter of the LRDG Association founded by LRDG members after the end of the war to keep in touch with each otheroften quoted verbatim.

The SAS had a similar attitude.

Desert raiders: the Long Range Desert Group in the Second World War

Halving the size of patrols gave the LRDG the ability to send more patrols over wider areas while each patrol retained sufficient firepower to fight their way out of trouble if they needed to.

While the page is not designed for the modeler or the re-enactor, it should prove useful for them. What I find most interesting about the desert campaign is the variety of vehicles and equipment and the early designs of the armour. Lieutenant Colonel John Hackettwho co-ordinated British raiding operations, [5] asked Peniakoff to give the new unit a cover name, but vacillated.

Couple a mixed bag of weapons with dirty, torn, stained fatigues, Arab headdress, a deep suntan and two weeks of unshaved beard and it is no surprise that LRDG troopers tended to look more like pirates or mercenaries than soldiers, especially to traditional military eyes.

But it was in those early days in the desert that a desperate British Army, armed with pre-war equipment faced a like-wised equipped Italian and later German force.

But wild adventure is not all this book has going for it: above all, Popski is a wonderful storyteller with an astute eye for detail, often relating insightful or rightout hilarious anecdotes and always frankly admitting to his own blunders.

But wild adventure is not all this book has going for it: above all, Popski is a wonderful storyteller with an astute eye for detail, often relating insightful or rightout hilarious anecdotes and always frankly admitting to his own blunders. Mark's Squarethe only wheeled vehicles ever to have been there.

If it works out OK we'll keep it going. At first a typical LRDG patrol comprised two troopers and 28 non-commissioned officers.

Both are out of print since the 40's and are pretty expensive if they can be found at all. The LRDG did perform raiding operations, but they were mainly to avoid combat and gather information covertly. Stealth was always preferable to combat and the LRDG soon acquired a nickname from the Italian opposition.

BlindKat's purpose, sources, etc. It has been arranged in several sub-sections. In the first place they immobilised our Divisional Cavalry Regiment by taking all or nearly all of its best officers, NCOs, and men from it against the CO's wishes. What the situation produced was one of the most storied covert special forces units in military history, one that influenced several other Western nations.

This is a non-profit organization that survives through its volunteers whom donate equipment, historical information, time and money. Specialized equipment, vehicles, weapons and training were essential for the LRDG to even exist in the desert, let alone function effectively as a military unit.

Ironically, the SAS itself would become one of the foremost units in counterinsurgency doctrine and putting down guerrilla campaigns across the globe in the wake of the war. It is in these years that we see how nations thought they would fight the next war and eventually how these early philosophies of strategy and tactics would evolve into the new concepts of warfare.

To fully understand the significance of all these old soldiers' stories, it is quite necessary to already know a bit about LRDG history.

A few years later, Tamiya started making models that reflected the desert war. Shaw paints a vivid picture of the Group's everyday life, relating hundreds of small asides and anecdotes without ever losing track of the main narrative: the story of a group of specialists deep in enemy territory, written by someone who was there.The story is treated as a first hand account of a British officer, Lt.

Chapman, who is attached to the British Long Range Desert Group (LRDG) who along with the Special Air Service have been given a mission to assassinate Field Marshal Erwin Rommel.

Upon first hearing about the book, two things concerned me. Long Range Desert Group (LRDG) has members. 'Only men who do not mind a hard life, with scanty food, little water and lots of discomfort, men who.

May 29,  · Long Range Desert Group by David Lloyd Owen,available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide.4/5(95). An in depth web site devoted to the weapons, equipment, and life of the Long Range Desert Group, LRDG. Throughout the fighting in North Africa in WWII, the Long Range Desert Group excelled in the role of special forces.

Shaw served as an Intelligence Officer with this remarkable British unit, and in this classic account relates their daring exploits in special missions against Rommel's Afrika Korps/5.

The "LRDG-WW2" blog discusses the Long Range Desert Group, an elite unit of the British Army during WWII. I will also use the blog to announce updates to my LRDG website and any other LRDG website that wishes to announce such updates.

The blog can also be used to announce information about former LRDG members, or any events or other current news concerning the LRDG (new books, re .