Desert Discoveries

Popski’s Private Expeditions returned to Tunisia earlier in the year to search for lost patrol vehicles

Popski’s Private Expedition team members pose for a group shot
pictures Martin Spriggs

“I think we found it!” When that call came over the radio, I breathed a sigh of relief. “I think Our ‘B’ patrol had been searching the northern wadi while I was with two vehicles of ‘A’ patrol investigating a likely area in the southern Wadi of Garet Ali in southern Tunisia.

Popski’s Private Expeditions was back in North Africa after a three-year delay due to Covid restrictions to finally continue the search for the site of one of the last major successes of the Long Range Desert Group (LRDG) and Popski’s Private Army in the North Africa campaign.

Our first reconnaissance of the area had been in November 2019 and was covered in the June 2020 issue of CMV. During that first expedition, we had found parts of a 1941 Chevrolet 30cwt truck of the type used by the LRDG and other items that dated back to the wartime period but had failed to find the site of the wartime hide location of the joint LRDG/PPA patrol.

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