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

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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.

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

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  • Previously unpublished memoir of Captain Claud Williams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.

246 x 190 mm, 288 pages, over 100 original photographs and 2 foldout maps
Publication date: July 31 2013

ISBN-13 978-1-900971-15-7
(Silphium Books/Society for Libyan Studies/Royal Geographical Society 2013)

Prices:

  • Paperback: Members: £17.49; Non-members: £24.99 from Oxbow Books;
  • eBook: £12.50 from Oxbow.

 

Additional Information

Dimensions 246 cm
Publication date

2013

Paperback.

Yes

ISBN-13

978-1-900971-15-7

Pages

288. Over 100 original photographs and 2 foldout maps.

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