Best overview about the LRDG?

Discussion in 'Special Forces' started by Chris C, May 13, 2022 at 9:10 PM.

  1. Chris C

    Chris C Canadian Patron

    Hi all,

    As I am trying to convey in the subject line, I am wondering about the best book which covers the LRDG in general as opposed to any sub-unit it. It wouldn't exactly be my first reading about the LRDG but I think what I have read is whatever attention Barry Pitt gave them in his Crucible of War books, and an old copy of G Patrol that I found second-hand.

    Thanks,
    Chris
     
  2. Chris C

    Chris C Canadian Patron

    Incidentally, here are the books I see listed on Amazon:

    Long Range Desert Group (various subtitles & editions) by W B Kennedy Shaw - actually a review comment says this is actually a memoir?
    The Long Range Desert Group 1940-1945: Providence Their Guide by David Lloyd Owen - this is ANOTHER personal account

    The Long Range Desert Group: History and Legacy by Karl-Gunnar Nor and Lars Gyllenhaal - bit odd, including stuff about a modern expedition and
    The Long Range Desert Group in World War II by Gavin Mortimer - very positive comments but NO maps

    .... That kind of looks like all?
     
  3. GeoffMNZ

    GeoffMNZ Well-Known Member

  4. Orwell1984

    Orwell1984 Senior Member

    Books on LRDG

    Give this a look too as it provides some reviews as well.
     
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  5. Chris C

    Chris C Canadian Patron

    Thank you very much!
     
  6. davidbfpo

    davidbfpo Patron Patron

    Last edited: May 14, 2022 at 10:55 AM
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  7. Chris C

    Chris C Canadian Patron

    I have discovered this list is wrong in one respect: you can get academic press/newer editions of Bagnold's books. "Sand, Wind and War" for instance is available from University of Arizona Press for $25 US.
     
  8. davidbfpo

    davidbfpo Patron Patron

    Chris,

    Using the Tag Long Range Desert Group there are eighty plus threads, a smaller number cover published books, e.g. the 2022 book 'History & Legacy' appears in a 2019 thread: New LRDG book: History and Legacy from Helion
     
  9. Chris C

    Chris C Canadian Patron

    I know, but I don't want to read eighty plus threads :P
     
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  10. davidbfpo

    davidbfpo Patron Patron

    I know, but the format allows the search to be narrowed down. Simple rule: ignore the in the medals posts by dbf
     
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  11. Chris C

    Chris C Canadian Patron

    Based on the review by Dr Chris Lloyd-Staples (a name I think is familiar from scale modeling sites) I think I will order the book by Nor and Gyllenhaal.
     
  12. Orwell1984

    Orwell1984 Senior Member

    I believe I have a copy kicking around in my office if you have any specific questions re content.
     
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  13. Chris C

    Chris C Canadian Patron

    No, that's ok thanks!
     

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