On a mission: Captain Riding (second from the left) training in Ayrshire for an SAS mission to France in 1944. He he escaped death on two occasions when German troops discovered the SAS camps and obliterated them
Captain Jake Easonsmith, and an unidentified trooper take a moment to filed strip and clean an M1928 Thompson. The desert had a habit of getting into every nook and cranny of weapons and men. A dirty weapon led to jams at the worst possible time. A dirty body led to desert sores, lice and other not so nice ailments. Easonsmith would go on to command the LRDG but was KIA during Operation Leopard on the Greek island of Leros.
A posed group portrait of personnel from 'Y' Patrol returning to Kufra after a successful raiding sortie. Back row (left to right): Trooper 'Tankie' Babb ( Tank Corps); Corporal Jack Harris (Somerset Yeomanry); Gunner James D Patch (RA); Sergeant Derek (Hutch) Hutchins (Somerset Yeomanry); Lance Corporal Arthur (Tich) Cave MM (Somerset Yeomanry); Lance Corporal Brian Springford (Somerset Yeomanry); Trooper Kenneth Tinckler (Cheshire Regiment); Craftsman Alf Tighe MM (REME); Trooper 'Jesus'…
Western Desert: This South African sapper is carrying a load of death -- German anti-tank mines Mk.IV. Sappers were a little less concerned when dealing with the big boy busters -- they wouldn't explode if a human stepped on them.