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Ghost patrol : a history of the Long Range Desert Group, 1940-1945

Author: John Sadler
Publisher: Oxford, UK : Casemate Publishers, 2015.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The origins of most of the West's Special Forces can be traced back to the Long Range Desert Group, which operated across the limitless expanses of the Libyan Desert, an area the size of India, during the whole of the Desert War from 1940 to 1943. After the defeat of the Axis in North Africa they adapted to serve in the Mediterranean, the Greek islands, Albania, Yugoslavia and Greece. In the process they became the  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Sadler
ISBN: 9781612003368 1612003362
OCLC Number: 910090716
Description: xxix, 289 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Legends of the 'Blue' --
Piracy on the high desert, 1940 --
The year of dangerous living, 1941 --
'The Libyan Taxi Company Limited', 1941-1942 --
Sting of the scorpion, 1942 --
Out of Africa, 1942-1943 --
The wine-dark sea, 1943 --
Garlic-reeking bandits, 1944-1945 --
On the shores of the Adriatic, 1944-1945 --
Ghost patrols, 1945-2015 --
Glossary --
Appendix 1: Weapons, vehicles, training & equipment --
Appendix 2: LRDG commanders and patrol designations --
Appendix 3: Patrol commanders --
Appendix 4: Daily LRDG ration scale --
Appendix 5: LRDG roll of honour --
Appendix 6: A view from the other side --
Axis units --
Appendix 7: Ultra in the desert war.
Other Titles: History of the Long Range Desert Group, 1940-1945
Responsibility: John Sadler.

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A accessible and entertaining new history of the Long Range Desert Group, forerunner of the SAS, famous for their exploits in the Desert War, and full of memorable characters and archetypal British  Read more...

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