The Long Range Desert Group in World War II

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The Long Range Desert Group in World War II

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A major illustrated history of the Long Range Desert Group from the foremost expert on British wartime special forces.

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.

Table of Contents

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

Product details

Published 20 Apr 2017
Format Hardback
Edition 1st
Extent 256
ISBN 9781472819338
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 40 black and white and 50 colour images
Dimensions 242 x 190 mm
Series General Military
Short code GNM
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

About the contributors


Gavin Mortimer

Gavin Mortimer is a writer, historian and televisi…


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