Updated: 12/04/15

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British Section:
Desert Raiders - British Section
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November 2006 (Issue)

WWII LRDG units in the field
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War & Peace Show 2010
2007 War & Peace, England

Killing Rommel Video
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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)



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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)

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 LRDG Newsletter

Nov 30th 2015

   Well there has been a lot of activity this year with the LRDG Preservation Society year. T-Patrol attended eight different venues and S-Patrol attended at least four that I know of. (Two desert battles in California City, Planes of Fame in Chino and Ft. MacArthur Days). S-Patrol always has had a better attendance at their events as they have more Troopers in the area. I usually have a few dedicated Troopers that show up and support our efforts here in the northern part of the state.

  There have been some challenges this year also; our original long time LRDG fitter and builder of T-8 (Rick) has had some health challenges this past year. He was recently hospitalized for a “gallstone attach”. What is more important is that his memory and mental acuity is noticeably deteriorating. He therefore has been unable physically to continue any work on the T-9 Radio truck; so I had to make some tough decision. Either to abandon the project completely; pay big bucks to have someone else finish it, or lastly turn the project over to someone interested enough to finish it.

   So after much consideration I decided that I did not currently have the financial ability to pay someone to finish it and was abhorred to just abandon it; so that left me with the last choice, to see if I could find someone with enough interest and commiserate people with the skills and funds to complete the project.  

   I approached several over a period of several months that showed interest but they were heavily involved in several other projects and were unable to complete it in time for the MVPA Convention, next Aug 11th-13th, which was one of my conditions. I finally found just the “outfit”; that has the people and finances to complete T-9. 

   Doug Boales is the President of Eagle Field Foundation. Eagle Field is a former 1942 Army Air Force Training base which is located in Firebaugh, Ca. which is just south of Dos Palos, and Los Banos, California. Currently it has the only original large wooden hanger from that era in the United States. Doug primary interest is in Post WW II Armour; he has worked in the past closely with Jacques Littlefield and the Littlefield Museum and has extensive mechanical abilities and talented people to assist him. If anyone would like to assist him in the project I’m sure he would appreciate any help. Let me know and I will see that you can contact him.  

   He has taken both trucks to Eagle Field on the weekend of Nov 28th; to do some much needed repairs and repaint T-8 in time for the April Tower Park event; and then finish T-9 in time for the MVPA Convention in August 11-13th.

   With all that said I would like to strongly encourage others in California, Oregon, Washington and any other part of the world that has a LRDG, S.A.S and P.P.A. style jeeps to plan on attending the convention. We have already picked out a flat area for our display and will hopefully setting up our largest desert display ever. And those without vehicles are also invited to attend in appropriate LRDG desert attire.







Now for a tentative schedule of 2016 events:  

1.      March TBA – CHG Desert Battle – Most likely back to Stoddard Valley  (TBA) S  Patrols

2.      April 17th - 24th – MVCC “Camp Delta” – Tower Park, Lodi, Ca. I have reserved three camp sites and there should be plenty of room for all of us. T - Patrol

3.      May TBA - Planes of Fame – Chino – S– Patrols  

4.      May 26th – 28th – ATHS Convention – Salem, Or. ?

5.      June 19th – 20th – Hollister Air Show – T-12 Jeep                                      

6.      July 3rd - Seaside Parade of Champions – T-12 Jeep          

7.   July 4thMonterey Parade – T-12 Jeep

8.   July 9-10th Anniversary of Ft. MacArthur - S-Patrol          

9.      Aug. 11th -13th – MVPA Convention at Alameda County Fair Grounds

10.  Aug. 29th – War Birds over Paso Robles – T-12 Jeep

11.  Sept. 19th – 27th – MVCC “Camp Delta” fall meet – I usually only attend the Board and General meetings on Fri. and Sat.

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


There may be some last minute changes and I will post them on the site and /or on the Facebook site.  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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