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The Long Range Desert Group in World War II

By Gavin Mortimer
RELATED TOPICS: ARMOR | BOOK
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Comments: Hardcover, 256 pages, all black-and-white photos

ISBN: 978-1-4728-1933-8

Price: $27

Publisher: Osprey Publishing

From the publisher:
Established in June 1940 as the brainchild of scientist and soldier Maj. Ralph Bagnold, a contemporary of Lawrence of Arabia, the Long Range Desert Group (LRDG) allowed the British Army to gain a crucial advantage on the North African front of World War II.

Traversing great swaths of the desert never before explored by Europeans, the LRDG was able to launch hit-and-run raids against remote enemy targets. From December 1941 until the end of the desert war in May 1943, the LRDG carried out numerous missions in tandem with the Special Air Service, using its unparalleled knowledge of the desert to guide the SAS to attack enemy airfields. In addition to Africa, the LRDG fought in the Aegean and undertook numerous dangerous missions in Yugoslavia, Albania, Italy, and Greece, displaying extraordinary versatility by operating in boats, on foot, and by parachute.

Using never-before-published photographs and archival material, special access to the SAS archives, and interviews with surviving veterans who have never previously gone on record regarding their wartime exploits, the author tells the story of this famous British special forces unit.

FSM says:
Narratives and first-hand accounts provide context for effective depictions of World War II in the desert and alongside the LRDG and SAS elsewhere in the world.

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