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This is the foremost book on the Long Range Desert Group,
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This review is from: The Long Range Desert Group 1940-1945: Providence Their Guide (Paperback)
Long range desert group with providence their guide as their motto states. Founded by Ralph Bagnold who before the war explored the desert and the great sand sea one of the hidden heroes of the war. The long range desert group was the first and foremost unit in the desert campaign even Rommel released the effect it had on the outcome of the desert war. Its primary role was of deep reconnaissance behind the lines on "road watch" logging all enemy movement on main roads but attacked the enemy at every chance. The intelligence gathered was invaluable this unit with New Zealanders, Rhodesians and English men in the unit, helped the SAS to get back on its feet after a disastrous start as well as playing a vital role in operations like the Tobruk raid. Traversing the most inhospitable of terrain in the heavily laden trucks lightly armed with heavy machine guns causing chaos wherever possible tying up many forces trying to find them. The author started out as a patrol commander and became the commanding officer as the unit left the desert and carried on in the war in the Aegean, Italy, Yugoslavia, Dalmatian Islands and the Balkans he paints a interesting picture of the life and characters in the unit as well as their achievements. Defiantly well worth reading.
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