The SAS and the Long Range Desert Group

May 8, 2024

The exploits of the SAS in North Africa in the early years of the Second World War are well known; attacks behind enemy lines, destruction of hundreds of German aircraft on the ground and generally creating mayhem for the Afrika Korps. But little of this would have been possible without the Long Range Desert Group. Experts in desert navigation, the LRDG was formed to carry out deep penetration, covert reconnaissance patrols and intelligence missions behind Axis lines. As the commando tactics of the SAS developed, a reliable mode of transport to and from targets, often across hundreds of miles of desert, was provided by the LRDG to the SAS, using their ubiquitous 30 cwt Chevrolet trucks.

Our speaker is Richard Pinches, whose father, Peter Pinches, served in North Africa with the 7th Armoured Division. Richard is a Second World War re-enactor and historian, specialising in the North African campaign and the LRDG. His talk will cover the vital but often overlooked role of this uniquely skilled and capable unit of the Desert Rats.   

The Sunbeam Café will be open for chef’s choice hot fork buffet dish with a dessert option available from 6pm until the talk starts.

Bluebird Talks is a new initiative from the Brooklands Members to deliver engaging talks to a smaller audience in the Bluebird Room. Bluebird Talks will be filmed and later uploaded to the Brooklands TV YouTube channel, but will not be live streamed.



Plan your visit


Wednesday May 8th, 7:30pm-9pm


Members  £7.00

Non-Members  £12.00

Volunteers  £9.00

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Getting Here

Brooklands Museum, Brooklands Road, Weybridge, KT13 0QN

For evening talks, please use the Campbell Gate (signposted Campbell Gate) on Brooklands Road using the above postcode. Do not follow brown signs to the museum. Parking is free.


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