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Kopfdorfer

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Long Range Desert Group Jeeps and Pink Panthers
« on: June 14, 2011, 07:51:59 AM »

When I saw the new thread with the MG Jeep,  I couldn't help but think this would be very cool if adjusted to be historically accurate
representation to be Jeeps of the British Long Range Desert Group , David Stirling's forerunner to the SAS.

                                                                            David Stirling, father of the LRDG and the SAS
                                                                         
                                                                                     
 I had visions of the well known Pink Panther Land Rover armed to the teeth in my head.

On my first level of investigation, however, I discovered that contrary to what I had understood, in WW2 the LRDG used US manufactured Willys Jeeps rather than Land Rovers ( the Pinkys came into use in the 50s). While the Pink Panther is a very cool and effective vehicle and would be useful to many in the shadows of the SAS halls, I am interested in WW2 historically, and so I think the LRDG Willys Jeep is more the flavour of the sim (at least as I fly it).



Note the interesting tactical arrangement of this two vehicle group. The twin Vickers-Berthier MG are place forward in the lead vehicle, and rearward in the rear vehicle. The front vehicle has an unmounted VB MG, capable of bringing to bear in any direction, while the rear vehicle has a forward pintle mounted .50 cal browning.



For alternate armament, a 40mm Bofors mounted on a small truck (can anyone id the model?)


The LRDG apperently used quite a combination of vehicle types as needs and supply allowed. The first pic below shows an armoured car ( I can't tell which type. Anyone else?)adapted by removing the turret and augmenting both the MG armament and water and fuel supply.

                                                   

                                                     



For the Cold Warriors among you, I present the Pink Panther,




Hope you like.
Kopfdorfer




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Re: Long Range Desert Group Jeeps and Pink Panthers
« Reply #1 on: June 14, 2011, 08:09:59 AM »

The armored car looks like a italian vehicle, even the hats of the guys there are not british I think. I can be wrong for sure.
This will be nice even as non-crewable to find and attack those raiders will be nice for German/Italian, and CSAR ops nice for the RAF.
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Re: Long Range Desert Group Jeeps and Pink Panthers
« Reply #2 on: June 14, 2011, 08:35:34 AM »

The original pink LRDG vehicle was a Chevrolet Truck built in Canada.

See here: http://www.lrdg.org/
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Re: Long Range Desert Group Jeeps and Pink Panthers
« Reply #3 on: June 14, 2011, 09:13:10 AM »

The armored car looks like a italian vehicle, even the hats of the guys there are not british I think. I can be wrong for sure.
You're correct, it is an Italian AS-42 Sahariana armored truck.

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Re: Long Range Desert Group Jeeps and Pink Panthers
« Reply #4 on: June 14, 2011, 01:45:57 PM »

Excellent eyes and research details lads. This only begs more exploration. Hopefully a modder will see fit to embrace!

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The Canadian ( rubs his chest with pride  :D) Chevy


On the road...er track



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Re: Long Range Desert Group Jeeps and Pink Panthers
« Reply #5 on: June 14, 2011, 10:24:55 PM »

The Canadian ( rubs his chest with pride  :D) Chevy



With a New Zealand place name (Maori) on the nose?
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Re: Long Range Desert Group Jeeps and Pink Panthers
« Reply #6 on: June 14, 2011, 10:43:14 PM »

omg this is awesome!
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Re: Long Range Desert Group Jeeps and Pink Panthers
« Reply #7 on: June 14, 2011, 11:21:34 PM »

...and out of the shadows - Magpie!

Yes I noticed the Maori too. I just assumed that it was likely there were Anzacs in the LRDG.

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Re: Long Range Desert Group Jeeps and Pink Panthers
« Reply #8 on: June 15, 2011, 10:36:41 AM »

um... guys...
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Re: Long Range Desert Group Jeeps and Pink Panthers
« Reply #9 on: June 15, 2011, 01:44:34 PM »

dat beetle needs pimpinĀ“...
open rooftop and a ring with MG-42...
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Re: Long Range Desert Group Jeeps and Pink Panthers
« Reply #10 on: June 15, 2011, 04:29:58 PM »

look at the tires on that thing!  :P
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Re: Long Range Desert Group Jeeps and Pink Panthers
« Reply #11 on: September 07, 2011, 11:15:38 PM »

long live the rat patrol !!
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