Formed in June 1940 for the purpose of gathering intelligence behind
enemy lines, the Long Range Desert Group (LRDG) played a secretive but vital role in North Africa during World War II. Highly trained in mechanized reconnaissance and specializing in desert operations, the unit provided support to the Special Air Service (SAS) in missions across the vast and treacherous terrain of the Western Desert. In this highly illustrated history of the LRDG, Gavin Mortimer reveals the origins and dramatic operations of Britain's first ever special forces unit.
Gavin Mortimer is the author of Stirling's Men (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2004), a ground-breaking history of the early operations of the SAS, The SAS in World War II: An Illustrated History (Osprey, 2011), The Daring Dozen (Osprey, 2012) and The SBS in World War II: An Illustrated History (Osprey, 2013). He has also recently published The Men Who Made the SAS (Constable, 2015). An award-winning writer whose books have been published on both sides of the Atlantic, Gavin has previously written for The Telegraph, The Sunday Telegraph, The Observer and Esquire magazine. He continues to contribute to a wide range of newspapers and magazines from BBC History to the American Military History Quarterly. In addition he has lectured on the SAS in World War II at the National Army Museum.
Dedication Acknowledgements Introduction Chapter 1: From Scientist to Soldier Chapter 2: Only the Tough Need Apply Chapter 3: into Action Chapter 4: Expansion and Excitement Chapter 5: Fight at the Front Chapter 6: The Afrika Korps Arrive Chapter 7: Misuse and Malaria Chapter 8: Heavy Losses and New leader Chapter 9: The Saviours of the SAS Chapter 10: On the Back Foot Chapter 11: Courage in the Face of Calamity Chapter 12: The Eyes of the Alamein Offensive Chapter 13: Adventures in the Aegean Chapter 14: The Battle for Leros Chapter 15: A Different Type of Warfare Chapter 16: Valour and Versatility Chapter 17: Until the Bitter End Epilogue Endnotes Bibliography Index