The Long Range Desert Group 1940-1945, Providence their Guide, by Major General David Lloyd Owen

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The Long Range Desert Group 1940-1945, Providence their Guide, by Major General David Lloyd Owen
Published by Pen and Sword in 2021, 238 pages. Paperback (N7954)

Brand New Book

From the rear side cover: The Long Range Desert Group has the distinction of being not just one of the first special forces units to be formed in the Second World War but, more importantly, one of the most effective; General Erwin Rommel is on record as believing so. It is all the more remarkable, therefore, that much less is known today of its heroic achievements than is the case with other comparable units such as the SAS and SBS.

There is no more fitting way to mark the 60th Anniversary of the lRDG's formation than to re-publish the unit's story written by David Llovd Owen who served with the LRDG for much of its existence, commanding it for nearly two years. This splendid record takes the reader behind enemy lines not only in North Africa but in Italy, the Aegean and the Balkans. It paints a vivid picture of the unit's colourful characters: for example, Ralph Bagnold who put to good use the knowledge he gained from his pre-war desert travels. The LRDG was truly international with New Zealanders and Rhodesians playing key roles.

This classic book won acclaim from the critics on its first publication by virtue of the author's unique knowledge, experience and narrative skills. His account of the LRDG's operations is admirably complemented by his shrewd observations of the politico-military climate within which the unit operated.