This documentary follows three amateur historians into the heart of the Libyan Sahara as they track the path of ‘T Patrol’, a unit of World War II’s legendary Long Range Desert Group, which included a number of Kiwis. The LRDG braved extreme heat and desert conditions to launch surprise raids deep behind enemy lines in converted Chevrolets. In this excerpt the history hunters make their way to Murzuk, the scene of a raid on an Italian air base. Alongside the only known footage of the desert group in action, surviving members of the patrol recall events, and the LRDG’s ethos.
Bagnold came and talked to us and said to us we’re going to cross the sand sea. He just said we’re going to raid Murzuk and he thought we could do it without anyone knowing we’re there. Everything was a surprise. No-one expected to see us.– Peter Garland, Long Range Desert Group veteran
Archive Photos and Footage supplied by: family of Wink Adams, family of Merlyn Craw, New Zealand Film Archive, New Zealand Defence Force, Archives New Zealand.
Made with funding from NZ On Air
Original Music composed by David Ironside
Additional music by Anthony Spear