But the LRDG
were the beau sabreurs who fought a Kiplingesque war, where individual courage, skill and dash could still count, could even win the day.
Extent of non-compliance with the LRDG
was estimated both with and without the above adjustment for under-reporting, both for "risky drinkers" (i.
Formed in late June 1940, the LRDG
was initially composed of British officers and soldiers from New Zealand and Rhodesia.
had a pivotal role in defeating Rommel's advance.
As a former member of the Royal Electrical & Mechanical Engineers, I had to 'up gun' the LRDG
by fitting Vickers machine guns and Browning guns to their Jeeps.
Nicknamed the Ghost Patrols, the LRDG
swiftly became the silent masters of the desert.
In his autobiography Colonel Blashford Snell, recounts a very odd and inexplicable experience that occurred, almost certainly, as LRDG
historian Mike Morgan confirms, at the site of the Gebel Sherif skirmish and in the 1960s.
The true LRDG
story, subtitled Moore's March, to be shown on the Yesterday Channel, at 9pm on December 12, tells one of the most amazing desert survival feats of the British Army ever recorded.
Less than two weeks later, the British, whose troops were facing the Italians at the Libyan-Egyptian border in North Africa, authorized the formation of the LRDG
(originally called the Long Range Patrols) under the command of eminent desert explorer Major Ralph Bagnold.
The time span covered, from 1939 to the present, was sufficient to generate a bewildering army of badges and patches of the 1st Australian Parachute Battalion, Z and M Special Units, RAEME Rangers, the NZ LRDG
, the SAS (of both countries), the RAN Clearance Divers, etc.
I am particularly keen to document the personal experiences in Albania of Allied personnel, of all ranks and whether staff or operational, and would be especially interested to hear from former servicemen who served in that country with SOE, SBS, the Commandos or the LRDG
, flew RAF special operations flights or otherwise had experience of Albania in 1943-45, and from the relatives or friends of men who had but whom have sadly since died.
Y Patrol veteran Arthur Arger, 83, of Ormesby, was an original member of the unit.