Those of us who grew up watching The Rat Patrol harbor a latent interest in desert warfare of World War Two. While The Rat Patrol was entertaining TV, it also took some historical liberties. The series was loosely based on the British Army’s Long Range Desert Group, an elite unit that used Chevrolet trucks (shown above) more often than jeeps to conduct raids and reconnaissance patrols behind the lines of the German Africa Corps.
Chevrolet CMP 4x4 (1)
An LRDG Chevrolet 30cwt truck ready to leave Cairo, 25 May 1942.
Chevrolet 30cwt trucks of an LRDG patrol moving out into the desert, 25 May 1942.
An LRDG Chevrolet 30cwt truck is reloaded after a tyre change, 25 May 1942.
A Chevrolet FAT (Field Artillery Tractor) and 25-pdr field gun disembark from a tank landing craft during a large scale invasion exercise in the Gulf of Aqaba, 22 June 1943
Two fully loaded LRDG ( Long Range Desert Group) Chevrolet 30cwt trucks, 25 May 1942.
Long Range Desert Group (LRDG) Chevrolet WB 30 cwt Patrol Truck