U-series. The Long Range Desert Group. Part 1

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Year
1941
Reference
11719
Media type
Audio
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Rights Information
Year
1941
Reference
11719
Media type
Audio
Series
U series
Duration
00:26:03
Credits
RNZ Collection
Doug Laurenson, Commentator
Tony BROWN, Interviewer
Cyril Walter Eyre, Speaker/Kaikōrero
Ernest William Roy Kitney, Speaker/Kaikōrero
Dick CROUCHER, Speaker/Kaikōrero
Ian MCGUINNESS, Speaker/Kaikōrero
Len Hawkins, Speaker/Kaikōrero
Peter GARLAND, Speaker/Kaikōrero
Sandy SANDERS, Speaker/Kaikōrero
Frank Jopling, 1913-1987, Speaker/Kaikōrero
New Zealand Mobile Broadcasting Unit, Broadcaster

Part 1 of 8
Broadcaster Doug Laurenson [Military Service no. 34957] introduces a series of talks by the members of the Long Range Desert Group (LRDG), or alternatively, the Long Range Patrol (LRP) which is comprised mostly of New Zealanders under the command of British officers who have, for the past ten years, spent their leave exploring the Libyan Desert "for fun."

He goes on to describe the difference between the country fringing the coast of the Mediterranean, and inland where the desert sweeps back to the equator and is lifeless as the moon. In this area, the LRDG crossed the tracks of motor vehicles made by the Duke of Westminster's motorised column during the Great War, a quarter of a century earlier.

He introduces Tony Browne [military service number 4444] of Wellington, a member of the LRDG, who is to interview other members of the group about their work.

The introduction by Doug Laurenson is the only audio available online.

This item is part of a collection of recordings made by the Mobile Broadcasting Units, which travelled overseas with New Zealand forces between 1940-1945. They recorded New Zealanders' experiences of war and messages to their families and friends, which were sent back home to be played on a weekly radio programme.