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  • Longest Recorded Desert Patrol By British Forces Since WW2
    Posted by David Hughes 1:58 PM on Oct 15, 2008


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    This British "Sphinx" convoy of vehicles park during a break in a patrol in Afghanistan. British Ministry of Defense Photo Crown Copyright Courtesy of 4/73 (Sphinx) Battery.

    The British Ministry of Defense Website reports that this Sphinx convoy of vehicles conducted the longest recorded desert patrol since World War 2 in December 2007 in the lead up to the assault on Musa Qaleh in Helmand Province. The 4/73 (Sphinx) Special Observation Post Battery is an elite unit of the Royal Artillery formed in 1982 to provide battlefield intelligence on enemy positions and to direct artillery fire deep into enemy-held territory. During World War 2, British forces were renowned for their long-range desert patrols for intelligence and sabotage behind German lines in North Africa when fighting the Afrika Korps led by Field Marshal Erwin Rommel (The Desert Fox).

    The three day battle at Musa Qaleh in December, 2007, included units of the Afghan National Army and the International Security Assistance Force. This Sphinx team also liased with Prince Harry to arrange for supply drops when the Prince was serving in Afghanistan. For more on this unit's tour in Helmand see

    Below Bombardier Dave Seymour checks for enemy activity near Now Zad. British Ministry of Defense Photo Crown Copyright Courtesy of 4/73 (Sphinx) Battery.

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    Tags: defense, British, DesertPatrol

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