The Long Range Desert Group

History & Legacy

Karl-Gunnar Norén, Lars Gyllenhaal

This is the story both of the special forces pioneers of the Long Range Desert Group (LRDG) and what it is like to search for their tracks, driving a 1943 jeep.
Publication date:
April 2019
Publisher :
Helion and Company
Illustration :
30 b&w ills, 31 colour ills, 5 maps
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ISBN : 9781911628880

Dimensions : 234 X 156 mm
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The world's most respected special forces unit, the Special Air Service (SAS), was inspired by another irregular unit, the Long Range Desert Group (LRDG) or simply Ghost Patrol. You may now accompany the authors in Ghost Patrol vehicles far, far behind Rommel's lines. While doing so you will acquire insights into some extreme raids and reconnaissance missions. You will become familiar with tactics and inventions of the Ghost Patrol that are still relevant today.


This book is also the story of an LRDG research expedition to modern Egypt undertaken in original WWII Jeeps and described as a "2300-mile Sahara epic” by Classic & Sports Car magazine.


Original LRDG training notes and other tips for extreme travellers are included.


For those of you with an interest in human endurance as well as military history, this is two for the price of one.
Miniature Wargames

This is much more than a straight "history" of the LRDG; it looks into what was actually involved in these deep missions into the desert and kind of men it took to undertake them. Very highly recommended.

This book is great. If you want to get a sense of the early days of UK Special Forces, this is an excellent entry point.
Army Rumour Service

This new hardback from Helion Books on the subject of the LRDG is, in my opinion, a little gem. […] I thoroughly enjoyed this one.
Military Model Scene