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See book review!

Again available in the U.S. “Kiwi Scorpion” the first work of noted LRDG author Brendan O’Carroll has been republished in an extremely limited quantity. Originally published in 2000 this 2nd printing is the same as the original with errors corrected and new information included. The chapter on “The Assault on Levita” has been rewritten with more details. 


Do not miss this opportunity to get one now. I have limited quantities on hand for immediate shipment.


LRDG Preservation Society price of only $79.95 plus postage (US only).  Send email to to  get a copy.   

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New Book: Barce Raid.
Available for $48.00 Post paid within the U.S. See Jack's book review!

WWII Music:
The song "Lili Marlene" was very popular with Germans soldiers during WWII, but not liked by official Germany. "Lili Marlene" was also popular with allied forces in all theaters of the war, but frustrated Brit officers when their troops sung the German version.

Song clip "Lili Marlene", German and English versions (Requires RealPlayer)



Send questions, comments, suggestions and information to Jack Valenti at the LRDG Preservation Society email address:

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Come visit and join our new Facebook group called: "Long Range Desert Group (LRDG) Preservation Society" (link: If it works out OK we'll keep it going. Let Jack know if it's useful.

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Mission Statement of the LRDG Preservation Society: To learn as much as possible about the unit, the men in it and the equipment and tactics they used. Then to share that information with all whom wish to learn. To that end this group has built a replica of a classic WWII LRDG truck (1942 Canadian Chevy, right hand drive, India format) and outfitted it with "historically correct" military equipment, gear, provisions, and uniforms. The vehicle was built by Rick Butler in Yreka California from several vintage trucks and parts from around the world. Converting a left hand drive vehicle to right hand drive was one of many challenges. 

The LRDG Preservation Society is the inspiration of Jack Valenti who is the chief historian, coordinator of equipment and artifact procurement and show organizer. The truck is displayed several times a year throughout the California, Nevada, Oregon and Washington areas and staffed by "LRDG clad" volunteers. This is a non-profit organization that survives through its volunteers whom donate equipment, historical information, time and money. Our society includes LRDG enthusiasts from countries like England, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Portugal, South Africa and more. The only requirement for membership is an interest in history, get on the mailing list and maybe an official LRDG T-shirt! For more information contact Jack at his email address:

WWII LRDG truck (1942 Canadian Chevy, right hand drive, India format)

Check out the 2! New AAR to the left

New Model review! Check the Modelers Section to the left

LRDG Newsletter

Dec 3rd 2013

  Well before I start into next’s year’s schedule, I would like to mention several new books that have been recently relisted.

The first is titled “Swastika over the Aegean” it is a photographic record of events that occurred in and around the Dodecanese Islands in the autumn of 1943. Those events resulted in the last decisive German victory of the Second World War. The British & Dominion forces and their new Italian allies were subjected to a resounding defeat; the 234 Infantry Brigade ceased to exist and key Aegean islands remained under German occupation until the final Allied victory. 

The Eastern Aegean was the setting for a series of German air-sea landings, something not normally associated with the Wehrmacht. German infantry carried out beach assaults and, unusually, Fallschirmjäger were deployed in their intended role as paratroopers, more than two years after sustaining frightful losses in Crete. Both sides relied on air and naval forces, as well as conventional and unconventional ground forces. German paratroopers were drawn from the Luftwaffe and Division Brandenburg; the latter also fielded coastal raiders and assault troops. The Allies had on call a battalion of The Parachute Regiment, several infantry battalions, and Raiding Forces, which included the Long Range Desert Group, Special Boat Squadron, Commandos and Ieros Lohos (Greek Sacred Squadron).

This limited edition book is published in commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the battle for the Dodecanese and features more than 500 images including; rare wartime documents, some 350 wartime photographs, and color photographs of the islands today.

The author is Anthony Rogers, who is no neophyte to the battles in the Dodecanese Islands, his first book was the well received “Churchill’s Folly’ published in 2003. 

 Available at………………….for €29.99 Euros. Plus postage  Click here for more photos.


The second is about earlier desert activities during WW I. The title is “The Light Car Patrol 1916-19 “. Based on Captain Claud Williams’ memoir he tells, first-hand, what it was like to be a Light Car Patrol commander during the First World War, while Russell McGuirk’s commentary provides the historical background to the formation of the Patrols and follows their activities from the British raid on Siwa Oasis to desert exploration and survey work and the Kufra Reconnaissance Scheme. Lavishly illustrated with original photographs from Light Car officers, this combined memoir and history provides a fascinating and informative picture of an unsung hero of the desert – the Model T Ford.

This title is available from Amazon at $34.19.


  Also in case you didn’t know it the “LRDG” has made the big time, as there is now a “Lego” version.


I also have a new supply of LRDG & New Zealand shoulder flashes available for $15.00 per set plus $1.00 Postage in the U.S.


Now for next year’s events: as you can see there are a number of events both in Southern California and in Central California. Here’s hoping that you will take the opportunity to join us at one of these events. You can always e-mail me at for the latest update on any event.


  1. March - TBA – CHG Desert Battle – California City  S & T Patrols 

  2.  April 11th – Pacific Grove Good Old Days Parade T- Patrol 

  3.  April 23rd – 27th – MVCC “Camp Delta” – Tower Park, Lodi, Ca. I have reserved three camp sites and there should be plenty of room all of us. T - Patrol 

  4.  May 2nd – 4th - Planes of Fame – Chino – S & Y – Patrols 

  5.  May 9th – 10th - West Coast Military Collectors Show; Pomona, Ca  Fairgrounds – Y Patrol

  6.  May 16th – 18th – Overland Expo – Flagstaff, Az. (Maybe – they invited us last year and may do so again.

  7.  May 24th -25th – Hollister Air Show – T-12 Jeep

  8.  May 26th – Arcadia Park Memorial Event – Y-Patrol

  9.  May 31st – June 1st – Castroville Artichoke Festival Parade? T–12 Jeep

  10. July 4th – Monterey Parade – T-12 Jeep

  11.  July 5th – or 6th - Seaside Parade of Champions. T-12 Jeep

  12.  July 12th – 14th – 100th Anniversary of Ft. MacArthur -  S & Y Patrol  

  13.  July 16th – 20th – War & Peace Show –As a spectator, more info later.

  14.  Aug. 9th – 1940’s Event San Jose, Ca. – T-12 Jeep

  15.  Aug. 16th – Pacific Grove Concourse – T-12 Jeep 

  16.  Sept. 13th – 17th – Monterey, Ca. Cherries Jubilee - T-Patrol 

  17.  Sept 28th - War Birds over Paso Robles – T-12 Jeep 

  18. Nov. 11th – Veterans Day Parade Salinas – T-12 Jeep


One last thing; I (we) would like to wish all of you a Merry Christmas and a Happy & Prosperous New Year.

 Thanks for your support.


Jack, Kim, Rick and all of the members of the LRDG Preservation Society 


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Tail end of a Sandstorm - WWII North Africa LRDG unit

Photo above is from WWII LRDG vet "Titch Cave" who now lives in South Africa. See more photos from Titch under "WWII LRDG units in the field" section. This is like being in a dust storm on the mars (very fine soot blowing 50mph plus, yellow or reddish haze\fog) that can last for several days. Sometime it will rain mud too. Actually there's a positive in that the fine silt covers everything and kills misquotes, "nature's insecticide".


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