Lofty was serving with the Staffordshire Yeomanry in Palestine when his skill as a navigator reached the ears of Major Ralph Bagnold, who founded the LRDG
in Egypt in 1940.
Born Stuart Michael Carr, but known as Mike, he is now 96 - and of his 6ft 4 frame which earned him his nickname, he jokes: "In the Army, anybody over 5ft 8 was called 'Lofty'!" Originally called the Long Range Patrol (LRP) the LRDG
was founded in Egypt in June, 1940, by Major Ralph Bagnold.
Little detail has been written about the LRDG
, since many of their ops were held secret for decades after World War II.
The specific aims of this study are: to estimate degree of noncompliance with Canada's LRDG
in different groups of drinkers after adjusting for degree of under-reporting, and to identify which types of beverage are more likely to be consumed when LRDGs
The 58-year-old, of Whitby, also provided expert advice, photographs and LRDG
veterans for interview.
In the formof a no-nonsensememoir by a plucky young British officer, he describes a fact-based LRDG
attempt to kill the wily Desert Fox himself and thereby decapitate the Axis forces at a single stroke.
Formed in late June 1940, the LRDG
was initially composed of British officers and soldiers from New Zealand and Rhodesia.
was to collect intelligence on the Axis army's advance on Cairo and conduct hit and run commando raids to disrupt it.
Nicknamed the Ghost Patrols, the LRDG
swiftly became the silent masters of the desert.
MAJOR GENERAL DAVID LLOYD OWEN, who as commander from 1943 to 1945 of the Long Range Desert Group, a reconnaissance unit composed largely of men who had prewar experience in exploring the desert, won the MC for his part in the joint raid on Tobruk by the LRDG
and the SAS in September 1942.
At the same time, these photos are eerily reminiscent of the Long Range Desert Group ("LRDG
") in action in the Western Desert 75 years ago.
He realised one of the timers among the cache of bombs on the LRDG
Chevrolet was alight and screamed for everyone to jump off.