Undaunted

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The Prize
While supporting Operation Crusader, the LRDG were tasked with offensive operations along the coastal road, the enemy’s main resupply route. The relief of a besieged Tobruk was at stake, and the British were throwing everything they had at a much…

The Great Escape
During the attack on Barce, the LRDG patrols attacked Barce Airfield for about an hour. They then withdrew and eventually met up at rally point. According to official Italian figures, the raid resulted in sixteen aircraft destroyed and seven…

Operation Caravan
Operation Caravan was part of Operation Agreement, which included four simultaneous raids on important Axis lines of communication. The operations were against Tobruk, Benghazi, Jalo, and Barce. The attack on Barce, code—named Operation Caravan, was…

The Ambush
While supporting Operation Crusader, the LRDG was tasked with offensive operations along the coastal road, the enemy’s main resupply route. The relief of a besieged Tobruk was at stake, and'the British were throwing everything they had at a…

Town and Fort
In November 1941, the LRDG, now under the command of the newly formed Eighth Army, moved from Kufra to Siwa in central Libya, to support Operation Crusader. On 24 November, when the battle in the Tobruk-Bardiyah area reached a critical stage, the…

Libyan Taxi Service
While based in Kufra,the LRDG conducted deep reconnaissance missions and reported on the activities of Rommel’s forces. It was during this time that the LRDG was nicknamed the Libyan Taxi Service, as they helped to ferry equipment and personnel, such…

Vulnerable Encampments
In February 1941, Operation Compass ended with the Italians forced out of Cyrenaica (eastern Libya). Most of the members of the LRDG were from Cairo to Kufra. However, two patroIs were integrated with the standard British forces. These units were…

Desperate Escape
In late January, the LRDG‘ was planning a large operation in Kufra. On the way, one of their patrols was spotted byan Italian reconnaissance aircraft. The trucks scattered and made for the hills, and the plane flew away without attackmg the. The…

Threat From Above
The LRDG withdrew from Murzuq under the cover of a dust storm. The dust concealed their movements and made the Italians reluctant to attempt reconnaissance flights. Over the next two days, the LRDG travelled to the towns of Taraghin, Umm Al Aranib,…

And the Anvil
The goal of the LRDG’s attack on the fort at Murzuq was to prevent the Italian gaeeison from reinforcing the airfield. Although the LRDG sustained casualties, its harassment attacks were successul: after a sustained fight, the Italian garission…

The Hammer
Following the, early successes of the LRP, the group was renamed the LRDG and began expanding its operations to the Fezzan in south-western Libya, a region of sandy and stony deserts, long wadis, and fertile oases. The chief objective was Murzuq, the…

Landing Group 7
The LRP, which was the predecessor to the LRDG, performed its first major action in September 1940. The patrol identified an Italian landing ground along the road between Jalo and Kufra in eastern Libya. The LRP destroyed the fuel dump and navigation…

Castle Itter
The Battle for Castle Itter was fought near the Austrian village of Itter on 5 May 1945, in the last days of the War in Europe. US soldiers joined forces with Wehrmacht infantrymen, an SS officer, an Austrian resistance fighter, and recently freed…

Mortain
Following the Germans’ successful seizure of Mortain on the morning of 7 August, battles raged through the streets all around the city. The Americans and Germans were locked in a stalemate until 11 August, when the chief of staff of the 50th Infantry…

Hill 314
The Germans launched the first attack against Hill 314 shortly after midnight on 7 August. The initial assault involved flanking manoeuvres that allowed for surprise attacks against the widely separated American defenders. Under constant attack,…

Critical Intelligence
By the early hours of 7 August, the German forces had overrun the key roadblock southeast of Mortain and had advanced as far as the town of Romagny In desperate need of current tactical intelligence, the US forces sent an intelligence and…

Reinforcements
In the early hours of 7 August, Germany launched a countenattack to eliminate the gains made by the US forces during Operation Cobra and to cut off the units that had advanced into Brittany. One of the first key targets was the town of Mortain, which…

Streets of Tessy-Sur-Vire
On 1 August, the 50th Infantry Division was tasked with liberating the town of Tessy-sur-Vire. The Germans held the town and commanded the high ground to the east. The US forces entered from the ridge to the north and were immediately met by mortar…

La Huberderie
After a one-day postponement due to the bombing errors, Operation Cobra got underway on the morning of 25 July. However, Allied bombing once again resulted in friendly casualties. After order was restored, the 50th Infantry Division began the…

Desperate Withdrawal
Operation Cobra was the code name for an Allied offensive aimed at breaking out of the hedgerows of Normandy and punching through the German defences. The Operation was set to begin on the morning of 24 July, when hundreds of Allied bombers arrived…

Crossing the Vire
Three weeks after the 50th Infantry Division drove the Germans back behind the protection of the Vire~et-Taute Canal and the River Vire, the division launched its first full-scale offensive, an assault crossing of a defended river line. The days…

Behind Enemy Lines
16 June was followed by a lull for the 30th Infantry Division, while it waited for the arrival of more men and equipment. Over the next three weeks, the division’s activities consisted mostly of vigorous patrolling and active defence. Daylight…

Raid Across the Canal
On 16 June, the 50th Infantry Division finished clearing the area north of the Viraet-Taute Canal. That night they dug in along the gentle slope leading down to the bare and watery no man’s land along the canal. The Germans mounted a counterattaok…

Montmartin-En-Graignes
he the 30th Infantry Division moved south of the railway, it encountered German machine-gun nests in the tiny settlement of L’Enauderie. After a forty-minute battle, they cleared the area. By the end of the morning, the US forces had inched forwards…

La Raye
The 30th Infantry Division’s first action was on the morning of 15 June. While over half the division was still afloat or moving through the assembly areas on Omaha Beach, an initial attack was made by an improvised combat team. Difficult opposition…
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