The Long Range Desert Group 1940-1945

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März 2001



In a campaign known for many special warfare units, the Long Range Desert Group (LRDG) became one of the greatest legends of the North African Campaign in World War II. Equipped with specially modified light trucks, the British, New Zealand, and Rhodesian troops of the LRDG roamed far behind German lines on a variety of dangerous missions.<P>Although they sometimes engaged in combat directly, many LRDG missions were reconnaissance or guiding other special units, such as the Special Air Service, across the desert. By war's end LRDG operations had shifted to Italy and the Mediterranean, and the unit had played a prime role in establishing Britain's reputation for special forces operations. This classic insider's account has been updated and supplemented with rare photographs from the LRDG collection in the Imperial War Museum.


Major-General David Lloyd Owen, CB DSO OBE MC was educated at Winchester College and the Royal Military College, Sandhurst. Commissioned into The Queen's Royal Regiment in 1938, he saw service in Palestine before joining the Long Range Desert Group in 1941. Two years later, at the age of 26, he took over command of the unit until its disbandment in 1945. He has been Chairman of the LRDG Association since 1945. His post-war service included the posts of Military Assistant to the High Commissioner in Malaya (1952-53), Commander 24 infantry Brigade in Kenya (1962-64) and GOC Cyprus District and Near East Land Forces (1966-69). The author, who is married with three sons, is now retired and lives in Norfolk.


"'A splendid Adventure Story' - The Guardian; 'A tale of tremendous courage and enthusiasm - A delight to read' - The Field; 'Marvellously exciting reading' - The Spectator"
EAN: 9780850528060
ISBN: 0850528062
Untertitel: Providence Their Guide. illustrations. Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: Pen & Sword Books Ltd
Erscheinungsdatum: März 2001
Seitenanzahl: 238 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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