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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: email@example.com
Check out the new Section! Trooper Album, Jack and Kevin have worked on this for some time, a collection of LRDG troopers and their ranks!
Also there is a new After Action Report!
Dec 3rd 2013
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.
This title is available from Amazon at $34.19.
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 lrdg@Prodigy.net for the latest update on any event.
One last thing; I (we) would like to wish all of you a Merry Christmas and a Happy & Prosperous New Year.
Jack, Kim, Rick and all of the members of the LRDG Preservation Society
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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