Aerial Reconnaissance Photos Western Desert 1941

Gridded aerial reconnaissance photo from one of our Aircraft. What can you see?

1941: Somewhere in the desert, North Africa

One of our plucky Reconnaissance pilots has noticed some enemy activity around one of the old railway halts on a tired old desert branch line that served a pre-war oil prospecting expedition and abandoned desert air strip.

Some building work and fresh build up of stores appear to be in progress.

Using the photos, a sketch map is quickly being prepared by the Intelligence Officers for some of the misfits in our LRDG (D) Long Range Desert Group (Demolition section) to scout it out and if necessary, “light it up” and disrupt the railway.

Civilians or service personnel may be present. Local people should not be attributable for blame or harmed due to LRDG (D) actions. Enemy personnel should be taken prisoner where possible for interrogation.

Blog posted by Mark Man of TIN 1 January 2020

B.P.S. Blog Post Script

Intelligence reports suggest that some armoured vehicles may be present and there is the possibility of concealed weapons pits.

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6 thoughts on “Aerial Reconnaissance Photos Western Desert 1941”

    1. Sketch map in preparation by Desert Air Force Intelligence Officers, ready to brief some scouting parties of LRDG (D) – D For Demolition.
      This is a mixed bag made up of various disruptive elements from the Royal Angrian Defence Force from West Africa (Bronte ImgiNations), some men of the Yestershire Regiment (Man ofTIN Imaginations), various other upper class desert traveller, novelist and travel writer misfits, and some Royal Engineers and Commandos in training. Two tooled up long range fast Desert Jeeps called “Ragtag” and “Bobtail” (Pound Store finest) being prepared.

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      1. I think I recall the film,black and white with Sylvia Sims if I am not mistaken. Or perhaps I am thinking of “ The Angrian Patient” after all.

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  1. The Angrian Patient film is in there somewhere as inspiration but Sylvia Sims? Surely you mean “Ice Cold in Alex” c. 1958
    https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0053935/

    I remember those alluring bare shoulders in the press shot in my Big Book of War Movies from my childhood branch library. I didn’t realise that the film posters were even more revealing.
    Forget the cold beer, I think I need a cold shower …

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