The Long Range Desert Group Story


The LRDG Story section is for pages that are specific to the Long Range Desert Group, for the moment only including the Official Register of LRDG Personnel and a few of the Honours and Awards in the LRDG Reference Section. This section, complementary to the Popski Story, will help LRDG historians around the world to combine and share their knowledge, compare their compiled lists of LRDG personnel, and be able to authoritatively challenge false claims to LRDG membership. The LRDG and its operational methods is, of course, the birthplace of PPA, and 16 members of the LRDG transferred to PPA. Predating both of these units, and pioneers of many desert-driving techniques, were the Light Car Patrols of the Great War.

An LRDG patrol takes a break by their heavily loaded Chevys in the Western Desert in 1943
An LRDG patrol takes a break by their heavily loaded Chevys in the Western Desert in 1943 (Popski Collection, foPPA Archives)

Here also is a cracking good photo of Brendan O'Carroll in New Zealand, standing next to Shaun Moloney's magnificent LRDG Chevy. Shaun is in the driver's seat and Brendan is one of the main LRDG historians and author on LRDG activities. Underneath is a matching pic of Jack Valenti of the LRDG Preservation Society with his terrific LRDG Chevy. Who'd have thought that California looked like Kufra?

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Shaun Moloney and Brendan O'Carroll at the Auckland Museum of Transport and Technology
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Jack Valenti and George Escobedo in the Dumont Dunes, part of the Mojave Desert in California

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23 Nov 2013