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Beitragvon Kuno » 28/1/2006, 06:15

Easton was one of the LRDG who did not survive the attack at JEBEL SHERIF:
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Beitragvon Kuno » 4/5/2006, 21:17

Come on, Kuno, go to Kufra, shoot a couple thousand pictures


Would like to do so Roberto; but until now there was no chance yet to go down to that remote place...one day!
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Beitragvon Kuno » 19/9/2006, 18:38

@ roberto; may you are the one to help to bring some light to this picture. It has been taken AFTER the FFL concquered KUFRA. However; at least the with clothed soldiers look to me quiet similar as the local soldiers employed by the Italians; any idea?
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Beitragvon robc » 19/9/2006, 20:04

From the picture they look indeed like Libyan troops, but then why are they armed? It may be possible that some of them, after the capture of the Fort, chose to fight for the FFL and were left to use the old uniform and gear: as far as I know the Libyan troops were released, without weapons, and left to return to their homes.
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Beitragvon Kuno » 19/9/2006, 21:26

Maybe it shows something like ceremony when they were released. The "officers" could be french?
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Beitragvon Kuno » 21/9/2006, 09:17

Here some scans in a higher resolution; maybe this helps to clarify the situation:
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Beitragvon Kuno » 31/1/2007, 10:43

I would say that the men under the "japanese" hats belong to the KAR (King's African Rifles). They were not employed at KUFRA but during the East African Campaign.
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Beitragvon Kuno » 20/4/2007, 19:19

Hier einmal eine ganz kurze Zusammenfassung in Deutsch:
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Beitragvon DAKKER » 26/4/2007, 07:00

Thanks for the German article about this nearly forgotten unit. Did any of their vehicles survive the war?
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Beitragvon robc » 26/4/2007, 10:57

The Sahariane fought until a few days before the end of hostilities in Tunisia on May 13th, 1943, when all their remaining vehicles etc. where destroyed. Some vehicles of the same types - which never saw action in North Africa - do survive, but really are a handful (and some exist only in civilian version, like the Fiat 634).
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Beitragvon Kuno » 26/4/2007, 12:41

By the Way: All above information (the German "yellow page") has been provided by "robc" to me. Thanks again!
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Beitragvon DAKKER » 27/4/2007, 09:24

Thanks for info. Is there anything available in written form (except above article in that magazine). A book for example?
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Beitragvon robc » 27/4/2007, 10:36

Yes... possibly, in the next few TWENTY or THIRTY years, when (IF) I will have found enough material :lol: :lol: :lol:

Actually I should have been :( and not :lol: since the Sahariane have existed from 1933 to 1943 and one would think there was a lot of material in ten years and a World War, but it isn't really so, there are several sparse "pieces" which are not quite related to each other. Anyway I'm gathering all I can find and everything that has been published, with the help of collector friends providing pictures.

I'm afraid not even Nacht with all his references may be of help :wink:, outside of Italy the Sahariane have been known only in the often wrong reports from the LRDG, there are no pictures in museums (even the IWM should have none, except at most something from the Alam Nibewa battle), no vehicles captured and brought to museums, nothing. What has been found comes from Italian documents and Italian and German mostly private pictures (form explorers, officers and soldiers), plus a couple old veterans.
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Beitragvon Kuno » 27/4/2007, 15:38

I'm afraid not even Nacht with all his references may be of help ,


THen the sitaution seems to be really desperate!
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Beitragvon Kuno » 27/4/2007, 15:41

Roberto; how is the situation in matters of the other "Sahariane"?
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