About the Long Range Desert Group
The Long Range Desert Group (LRDG) was a British military formation created in the summer of 1940, during the war in North Africa. Its primary role was to provide long range surveillance of troop movements behind the Italian and German lines. Its secondary role was to make lightning strikes on targets deep behind enemy lines, causing a great deal of confusion, terror and panic in the rear areas. The LRDG was organized into a series of patrols comprised of volunteers from New Zealand, England and southern Rhodesia and would often work in isolated patrol areas for weeks at a time. The LRDG was credited as being one of the most successful unconventional units of World War II and routinely cited for providing the best source of up to date intelligence on enemy troop movements.
GMC 30 CWT TRUCK
The long distances of the patrols required special vehicles, for which civilian trucks were acquired and customized to the LRDG needs. Each patrol contained several heavily modified GMC 30 CWT (Imperial Hundredweight) trucks, each carried a three man crew and a variety of heavy weapons and supplies. Special equipment included sand channels attached to the side of each truck, which were used in the event the truck became stuck in deep sand. The trucks were also outfitted with extra large radiators connected by a hose to a specially designed condenser cannister. This allow the LRDG trucks to operate over long distances in the extremely hot desert environment.
Additional information about this Brickmania custom kit:
The Long Range Desert Group Truck GMC 30 CWT kit has the following features:
- Includes three custom printed British Desert Trooper minifigures and desert head wrap and BrickArms Brodie Helmets
- BrickArms Lewis Gun, M1919 Machine Gun and printed BrickArms Crate
- 1/35 scale to match other Brickmania models.
- Includes 239 genuine new-condition bricks and BrickArms elements
- Comes with a signed and numbered certificate of authenticity
- Sophomore Skill Level
- Limited production of just 100 kits