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LRDG Truck (for 3D Studio Max)
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• Uploaded on: 4/12/08
• System Requirements: Windows/ Mac, 3D Studio Max
• File Format: 3D Studio Max
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The Long Range Desert Group (LRDG) was a British Army unit during World War II. The unit was founded in Egypt, following the Italian declaration of war in June 1940, by Major Ralph A. Bagnold with the assistance of Captains Clayton and Shaw, acting under the direction of General Wavell. The group specialised in mechanised reconnaissance, intelligence gathering and desert navigation. The group was disbanded at the end of the war. The LRDG was nicknamed the "Mosquito Army" by Wavell. Special Air Service soldiers would refer to it as the "Libyan Desert Taxi Service".
The unit, initially known as the Long Range Patrols, was founded on 3 July 1940. The first choice were Australians, assuming the arid outback region would have made them acclimated to a region like the Sahara. Unfortunately the Australian Divisional commander did not want his men led by a British officer. The New Zealanders were approached next and 150 New Zealand volunteers were then selected with the permission of General Freyberg, the New Zealand commanding general in the Middle East theatre. Bagnold had reasoned that the New Zealanders, being mostly farmers, would be more adept at using and maintaining machinery. Later additions to the group included British and Rhodesian units.
The unit was arranged into 3 main patrols of 40 soldiers each. Initially the LRDG used a combination of ex-civilian 30 cwt Chevrolet WBs and 15 cwt Ford 01 V8 "pilot cars"; the latter were used by Patrol commanders to scout the terrain ahead of the main unit. From about mid-1941 the 30 cwt Chevrolets were supplemented and gradually replaced by Ford F30 30 cwt 4x4 trucks. Although these vehicles, with their four wheel drive, were good at crossing rough terrain their heavy fuel consumption was a big disadvantage; another problem was that the engine was mounted partly within the cab - this meant that conditions for the driver and passenger became very hot and uncomfortable. The patrol trucks were later replaced with Chevrolet 1533x2 30 cwt (1.5 tonne) trucks and the command cars with Willys Jeeps.
Each patrol was equipped with ten Lewis machine guns, four Boys Anti-tank Rifles, augmented by water-cooled .50 Cal Vickers machine guns and a Bofors 37 mm anti-tank gun. Later on, trucks were equipped with twin-mounted .303 Browning and single .50 Cal. Browning M2/AN machine guns, captured Italian Breda 20 mm anti-aircraft guns and twin-mounted .303 cal Vickers K machine guns. The troops carried Thompson submachine guns and other standard British-issued infantry weapons; as well they used captured Italian and German weapons. The LRDG also manufactured its own design of explosive device for use against parked aircraft and other such targets.
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This model is a 3DMax model, saved in version 7 as a MAX file, and requires 3DMax to open the model. It does not include any other formats to allow it to be opened in any other software. The model is rigged and textured.
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