Bringing back memories; Letters.
JOHN Sadler's article on the Long Range Desert Group brought back long-forgotten memories.
It is true that the exploits of Doughty, Bagnold, Burton, Lawrence of Arabia (my only non-political hero) and Glubb evoke memories of "deeds of derring-do" in the high days of Empire, but unfortunately there was no mention of Thesiger - surely an oversight.
John's mention of Glubb Pasha and the Arab Legion reminded me of a former colleague who had served in Glubb Pasha's Legion and who claimed to have taught the then Crown Prince (the present king of Jordan) to play bridge.
The SAS and the SBS arose from Stirling's Long Range Desert Rangers who harassed the Italians and Germans.
A statue was raised to Stirling but one should be raised also to Bagnold who fought tooth and nail to convince the British Army in Cairo that such forces were necessary.
JACK FLETCHER, Chopwell.
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|Publication:||The Journal (Newcastle, England)|
|Article Type:||Letter to the editor|
|Date:||Dec 31, 2015|
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