Surviving relics of both World Wars always create interest whenever and wherever they are discovered - tangible reminders with the power to connect us to the past. As Kuno Gross and Ian Chard explain, the discovery of a LRDG truck in the Egyptian Sand Sea raised more questions than answers as to the story behind how it got there.


IMAGE To reduce weight, the LRDG removed doors, cabin hood and the bonnet from the truck. Still visible on the body are the makeshift brackets to hold sand channels.

After the very long-distance raids of the early days of the LRDG, their 30cwt WA Chevrolets were seriously worn out, or even lost due to mechanical breakdown or enemy action. They had to be replaced most urgently to keep the unit operational. The original equipment of vehicles for the unit had been drawn from the Egyptian military and from civilian sources. But unfortunately, no further WA Chevrolets were available to re-equip the patrols and so, in March 1941, seventy 30cwt CMP 4x4 F30 Fords were obtained by the LRDG for patrol use.

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