A TALK BY THE LRDG COMMANDER PT 3 OF 6
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The continuation of a talk the British Officer who commanded
the Long Range Desert Patrol Group. War censorship regulations did not
permit the announcement of the officer's name or rank(Major Ralph
The terrain of the country combined with 200 miles of barbed wire and
fortifications, the Italians had stretched from the sea southward along
the border with Egypt, cut off the the interior of Libya.
The presence at Kufra of enemy troops and aircraft was disturbing to the
allies. There existed a distinct threat by land & air to upper Egypt and
the Nile communications with Sudan. It was imperative to find out what
was going on behind the barriers.
General Wavell called together three men who knew the desert country and
within six weeks the "LRDG" was in being. Patrols of picked men from New
Zealand and the Royal Armoured Corps were equipped, trained and able to
serve in the middle of the desert out of the reach of help.
While this was happening in 1940 one of the three men who had headed the
setting up of the LRDG with 5 new Zealanders breached the Italian shore
at the "Great Sea of Sand" by a route only known to himself.
Reference number 11746
Media type AUDIO
Collection Sound Collection
Ngā Taonga Korero Collection
Bagnold, Ralph A. (Ralph Alger), 1896-
Great Britain. Army. Long Range Desert Group (estab. 1940, closed 1945)
Date 19 Feb 1941
World War, 1939-1945 -- Africa, North