Vehicles of the Long Range Desert Group 1940–45

Vehicles of the Long Range Desert Group 1940–45

New Vanguard 291
  • Author: Gavin Mortimer
  • Illustrator: Henry Morshead, Irene Cano Rodríguez
  • Short code: NVG 291
  • Publication Date: 18 Feb 2021
  • Number of Pages: 48
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The Long Range Desert Group was one of the most famous special units of World War II, operating heavily modified vehicles deep behind enemy lines to gather intelligence and support the raids of David Stirling's new Special Air Service.

When war broke out, a pre-war explorer and army officer, Ralph Bagnold, convinced Middle East Command of the need for a reconnaissance force to penetrate into Italian-held desert. Bagnold tested four types of vehicles over rocks and through soft sand to find the best one for his new unit. Bagnold selected the Chevrolet WB (30 CWT) as the signature vehicle of the Long Range Desert Group because it is "fast, simple and easy to handle". With left-hand steering, horizontal grill and round fenders on the rear wheels, these trucks proved themselves popular and effective. The durability of the Chevrolets was demonstrated in January 1941 with an audacious raid on the Italian fort/air strip at Murzuk, hundreds of miles behind enemy lines.

This book explains the detail of all the vehicles of the LRDG, as well as their modifications, driving techniques, and special kit for surviving behind enemy lines in one of the most hostile environments on earth.

Biographical Note

Gavin Mortimer is a writer, historian and television consultant whose ground-breaking book Stirling's Men remains the definitive history of the wartime SAS. Drawing on interviews with more than 60 veterans, most of whom had never spoken publicly, the book was the first comprehensive account of the SAS Brigade. He has also written histories of the SBS, Merrill's Marauders and the LRDG, again drawing heavily on veteran interviews. He was the historical consultant on the 2017 BBC documentary about the wartime SAS and he has visited France as a World War II tour guide with serving members of the Regiment.


Bagnold blazes a trail
Pirates of the High Sea
Chevrolet WB
Light 15-cwt Ford V8 pilot
Ford F30 CMP
Chevrolet 1533X2 30 CWT Gun Trucks
Willys MB Jeep
Heavy, Radio and medical
Tricks of the trade

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