Light Car Patrols, 1916-19 – War And Exploration In Egypt And Libya With The Model T Ford

Light Car Patrols, 1916-19 – War And Exploration In Egypt And Libya With The Model T Ford


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A Memoir by Captain Claud H. Williams
Edited with an Introduction and History of the Patrols by Russell McGuirk (2013)

Silphium Press/Society for Libyan Studies/Royal Geographical Society 2013)
246 x 190 mm, 288 pages, over 100 original photographs and 2 foldout maps

ISBN 9781900971966


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Captain Claud Williams’ memoir tells, first-hand, what it was like to be a Light Car Patrol commander during the First World War, while Russell McGuirk’s commentary provides the historical background to the formation of the Patrols and follows their activities from the British raid on Siwa Oasis to desert exploration and survey work and the Kufra Reconnaissance Scheme. Lavishly illustrated with original photographs from Light Car officers, this combined memoir and history provides a fascinating and informative picture of an unsung hero of the desert – the Model T Ford.

  • Previously unpublished memoir of Captain Claud Williams
  • First recounting of the history of the Light Car Patrols
  • Excerpts from personal letters from Williams to his sister
  • A wealth of photographs from the Williams family archive and  from the Royal Geographical Society collection donated by descendants of other Light Car Patrol officers
  • Original maps produced by the Survey of Egypt through Light Car Patrol charting and survey

Click here to read a review of Russell McGuirk’s book in New Zealand newspaper The Gisborne Herald.

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Dimensions 246 cm
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288. Over 100 original photographs and 2 foldout maps.

1 review for Light Car Patrols, 1916-19 – War And Exploration In Egypt And Libya With The Model T Ford

  1. Pieter

    fascinating and informative memoirs

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