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Cut 1 of U310 Captain Ballantyne of Hawkes Bay talks about the selection
of the men for the Long Range Desert Group from the Divisional Cavalry
and Machine Gunners.

The first patrol was made in the hot season when the temperatures seldom
dropped below 105 degrees and on several occasions topped 120 deg. Water
was limited to one gallon a day for all purposes. Captain Ballantyne has
seen the selected soldiers in action and no officer could wish for
steadier troops.

The greatest test the force had been subjected to date was a ground
attack a month previous.

Ballantyne makes special mention of Corporal Rex Beech, who was killed at
his post and saved many lives, Sergeant Cyril Hughson who led his
troops into action and decorations awarded to Lieut. Sutherland and
Trooper Wilcox for gallantry.

DAT91 Tk22

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Year 1941

Reference number 11735

Media type AUDIO

Collection Sound Collection

Ngā Taonga Korero Collection

Credits Ballantyne, L. B.
Great Britain. Army. Long Range Desert Group (estab. 1940, closed 1945)

Duration 00:02:40

Date 17 Feb 1941

Subject Beech, F. Rex, 1908-1941
World War, 1939-1945 -- Africa, North

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