Chevrolet truck of the LRDG at the Gebel Sherif in Libya

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Africa, Libya, Fezzan. A group of travellers in a Land Rover Defender 110 having successfully searched for the remains of LRDG Chevrolet trucks in a valley of the Gebel Sherif mountains southwest of Kufra. During Second World War on January 31 1941 the Long Range Desert Group was attacked by the Italian Compagnie Sahariane. Libyen 1999/2000.<br />
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 --- INFO: The Long Range Desert Group (LRDG) was a reconnaissance and raiding unit of the British Army during the Second World War. Originally called the Long Range Patrol Unit (LRP), the unit was founded in Egypt in June 1940 by Major Ralph A. Bagnold. Bagnold was assisted by Captain Patrick Clayton and Captain William Shaw. At first the majority of the men were from New Zealand, but they were soon joined by Rhodesian and British volunteers, whereupon new sub-units were formed and the name was changed to the better-known Long Range Desert Group (LRDG).<br />
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The LRDG vehicles were mainly two wheel drive, chosen because they were lighter and used less fuel than four wheel drive. They were stripped of all non-essentials, including doors, windscreens and roofs. They were fitted with a bigger radiator, a condenser system, built up leaf springs for the harsh terrain, wide, low pressure desert tyres, sand mats and channels etc. Initially the LRDG patrols were equipped with one CMP Ford 15 cwt F15 truck for the commander, while the rest of the patrol used up to 10 Chevrolet 30 cwt WB trucks.<br />
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On 31 January 1941 'T' Patrol commanded by Captain Patrick Clayton was attacked by the Compagnia Autosahariana di Cufra, an Italian unit similar to the LRDG, in the Gebel Sherif valley south of Cufra, Libya. The LRDG had one man killed and three men captured, and three of the eleven trucks were destroyed during the battle. The Italians losses were five killed and three wounded, and one truck was abandoned.
Africa, Libya, Fezzan. A group of travellers in a Land Rover Defender 110 having successfully searched for the remains of LRDG Chevrolet trucks in a valley of the Gebel Sherif mountains southwest of Kufra. During Second World War on January 31 1941 the Long Range Desert Group was attacked by the Italian Compagnie Sahariane. Libyen 1999/2000.

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