The Long Range Desert Group in World War II

The Long Range Desert Group in World War II

General Military
  • Author: Gavin Mortimer
  • Short code: GNM
  • Publication Date: 20 Apr 2017
  • Number of Pages: 256
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Formed in June 1940 for the purpose of gathering intelligence behind
enemy lines, the Long Range Desert Group (LRDG) played a secretive but vital role in North Africa during World War II. Highly trained in mechanized reconnaissance and specializing in desert operations, the unit provided support to the Special Air Service (SAS) in missions across the vast and treacherous terrain of the Western Desert. In this highly illustrated history of the LRDG, Gavin Mortimer reveals the origins and dramatic operations of Britain's first ever special forces unit.

Biographical Note

Gavin Mortimer is the author of Stirling's Men (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2004), a ground-breaking history of the early operations of the SAS, The SAS in World War II: An Illustrated History (Osprey, 2011), The Daring Dozen (Osprey, 2012) and The SBS in World War II: An Illustrated History (Osprey, 2013). He has also recently published The Men Who Made the SAS (Constable, 2015). An award-winning writer whose books have been published on both sides of the Atlantic, Gavin has previously written for The Telegraph, The Sunday Telegraph, The Observer and Esquire magazine. He continues to contribute to a wide range of newspapers and magazines from BBC History to the American Military History Quarterly. In addition he has lectured on the SAS in World War II at the National Army Museum.


Chapter 1: From Scientist to Soldier
Chapter 2: Only the Tough Need Apply
Chapter 3: into Action
Chapter 4: Expansion and Excitement
Chapter 5: Fight at the Front
Chapter 6: The Afrika Korps Arrive
Chapter 7: Misuse and Malaria
Chapter 8: Heavy Losses and New leader
Chapter 9: The Saviours of the SAS
Chapter 10: On the Back Foot
Chapter 11: Courage in the Face of Calamity
Chapter 12: The Eyes of the Alamein Offensive
Chapter 13: Adventures in the Aegean
Chapter 14: The Battle for Leros
Chapter 15: A Different Type of Warfare
Chapter 16: Valour and Versatility
Chapter 17: Until the Bitter End

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