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Long Range Desert Group (LRDG)

Chevrolet 1533x2 30 cwt 4x2 Patrol Truck


Statistics

Country of Origin/Used by: Great Britain
First Produced/Service Dates: 1942
Manufactured by: General Motors of Canada with LRDG modifications
Crew: 3-4
Armament: Multiple armament packages were fitted to vehicles depending on the unit mission and/or specific vehicle's role/function. Weapons that were mounted included the .303 Browning machine gun (aircraft), .303 Lewis MG, .303 Vickers MG, .303 Vickers "K" MG (air), .50 cal Browning HMG (air), .50 cal Vickers HMG.  Some of these weapons were fitted to single and/or dual mounts, most notably the Vickers "K" MG's.  Also, Captured Italian weapons were also employed, including the 7.92mm Breda MG and 20mm dual purpose 20/65 cannon.
Engine: 6 Cylinder Petrol
Miscellaneous Info: The Chevrolet 1533x2 4x2 30 cwt (1 1/2 ton) Patrol Truck succeeded the Long Range Range Desert Group's (LRDG) Ford F30 4x4 Canadian Military Pattern (CMP) Patrol Trucks in early 1942. These 1941-1942 model Chevy trucks were specially ordered Modified Conventional Pattern (MCP) vehicles, which were upgraded civilian vehicles manufactured for military use at the factory and then further modified by the LRDG after receipt.

Typical LRDG basic vehicle modifications were the fitting of sand tires, condenser cooling systems, cut down radiator grating, addition of unsticking equipment (sand channels and pioneer tools) and their famous sun compass.  Furthermore, LRDG patrol trucks were also employed in specialized roles and equipped to accomplish those missions/tasks. Besides conducting basic patrols, some trucks acted as fittter's vehicles, "heavy" patrol vehicles, light artillery vehicles (including acting in the anti-tank role - the "scorpion's tail"), medical orderlies' vehicles and wireless/communications vehicles. The 1533x2 trucks were the most numerous patrol trucks employed by the LRDG throughout their short life and soldiered on until the unit's disbanding.
Data Sheet Available: None Available

Photos

Reference Source/Provider
LRDG Chevrolet 1533x2 30cwt Patrol Truck Photos British War Office via the Imperial War Museum
LRDG Chevrolet 1533x2 30cwt Patrol Truck Photos Erik Johansen - South Shields, Tyne & Wear UK

References Available

Online

Reference Source/Provider
"Long Range Desert Group Chevrolet Model 1533X2 30 cwt 4x2 Truck" by Paul Handel Anzac Steel
LRDG Chevrolet 1533x2 30 cwt Patrol Truck Information and Photos Long Range Desert Group - Germany
LRDG Chevrolet 1533x2 30 cwt Patrol Truck Information and Photos Long Range Desert Group Preservation Society, The
LRDG Chevrolet 1533x2 30 cwt Patrol Truck Information and Photos LRDG, Long Range Desert Group: 1940-1943
LRDG Chevrolet 1533x2 30 cwt Patrol Truck Photos Desert Vehicles Preservation Society

Printed

Reference Author
A Photo History of Armoured Cars In Two World Wars George Forty
"Desert Chevrolets: A Lone Long Range Desert Group Survivor and Its Contemporaries" Wheels & Tracks: The International Review of Military Vehicles - Issue #8
Desert Raiders: Axis and Allied Special Forces (1940-1943) - Osprey Battle Orders #23 Andrea Molinari
Long Range Desert Group, The: 1940-1945 (Osprey Publishing, New Vanguard 32) Robin Jenner & David List
Long Range Desert Group Patrolmen: The Western Desert - 1940-43  (Osprey Publishing, Warrior 148) Tim Moreman

  "LRDG Patrol Trucks: Desert Warfare" (April 2006 Issue of Military Machines International Magazine)

John Blackman

Special Forces Vehicles: 1940 to Present Day (Pen & Sword, Images of War)

Pat Ware

Hobby Modeling

Kits and Accessories

Model Kit Manufacturer Scale Other Information
Long Range Desert Group  Patrol Truck Kit with Lewis Gun (7439) Dragon Models 1/72 Injection Molded Plastic.
Long Range Desert Group  Patrol Truck Kit with 2cm Cannon (7504) Dragon Models 1/72 Injection Molded Plastic.
LRDG Chevrolet Patrol Truck Kit (Earlier Release = 850); (Newer Release = 89785) Tamiya 1/35 Injection Molded Plastic.  Newer Release also comes with BREDA 20mm AA GUN.
       
Accessory or Aftermarket Set Manufacturer Scale Other Information
LRDG Chevrolet Instruments and placards (AR35329) Archer Fine Transfers 1/35 Decals/Transfers
British SAS/LRDG Chevrolet (North Africa 1942) No. 1 Accessory Set (DT35015) Black Dog 1/35 Resin
British Chevrolet 30 cwt Accessory Set (DT72039) Black Dog 1/72 Resin.  Looks to be for the Dragon kit with .303 Lewis Gun
British SAS/LRDG Chevrolet (North Africa 1942) No. 2 Accessory Set (DT35109) Black Dog 1/35 Resin
British SAS/LRDG Chevrolet (North Africa 1942) No. 2 Accessory Set (DT72064) Black Dog 1/72 Resin.  Looks to be for the Dragon kit with 20mm Breda Gun
British SAS/LRDG Jeep & Chevrolet (North Africa 1942) Accessory Set (DT72065) Black Dog 1/72 Resin.  Contains parts for both Jeep and Chevrolet 30 cwt truck model kits.
LRDG Chevrolet Patrol Truck Wheel Set (DT35-012) D Toys 1/35 Resin
LRDG Chevrolet Patrol Truck Wheel Set R&J Products 1/35 Resin
LRDG Chevrolet Wheel Set (35.2341) Resicast 1/35 Resin
LRDG Chevrolet 30cwt Cab detail Set (35.2342) Resicast 1/35 Resin
LRDG Chevrolet 30cwt Cab Stowage Set (35.2347) Resicast 1/35 Resin
LRDG Chevrolet 30cwt Early Radio Truck Detail and Stowage Set (35.2344) Resicast 1/35 Resin. Comes with Cab detail set, Wheels and Stowage and PE Sand Channels.
LRDG Chevrolet 30cwt Heavy Weapons Carrier Conversion Set (35.2351) Resicast 1/35 Resin
LRDG Chevrolet 30cwt Heavy Weapons Carrier (Late) Conversion Set (35.2369) Resicast 1/35 Resin
LRDG Chevrolet Breda Gun Carrier conversion/update set (35.2346) Resicast 1/35 Resin. Conversion for Tamiya Truck/20mm AA Gun Combo kit or Separate Tamiya Truck & Italeri AA gun kits.
LRDG Chevrolet Fitter's Vehicle conversion/update set (35.2352) Resicast 1/35 Resin
LRDG Chevrolet Patrol Truck Wheel Set Tank Workshop 1/35 Resin

Model Photos

Reference Source/Provider
LRDG Chevrolet 30 cwt Patrol Truck Model Photos Erik Johansen & Patrick Keenan
SAS Jeep/ LRDG Chevrolet 30 cwt Truck Desert Diorama Photos John Staehle - Deming, New Mexixo USA