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The legendary Long Range Desert Group in the
diaries and photographs of Trooper Frank Jopling

By Brendan O'Carroll, author of 'Kiwi Scorpions'

ISBN: 0-9582243-2-3

The elite Long Range Desert Group operated behind enemy lines in North Africa during WWII and Frank Jopling was there from the first sortie. His diary is the most comprehensive published account of the daily activities of these soldier  swashbucklers.

Trooper Jopling became a wartime celebrity after his diary was discovered. Extracts appeared in British media, he was the cover story in Everybody’s magazine and his personal readings from the diaries were broadcast in his home country, New Zealand.

"Anyone interested in special missions carried out by either side should absolutely not pass this one up. Trooper Jopling's diaries are incredible and the photographs are superb." 
(Bob Resconsin North African campaign veteran)


"...superb job of editing and presenting Jopling's work, accompanied by a large number of Jopling's pictures. This is not just a book for those with a military bent; a great snapshot of Kiwis at their best." (The Dominion Post)

"Wonderful story,  marvellous photographs." 
(Rick Young, National Radio)


"Frank Jopling's prose style is irresistible...superb editing and picture captions." (Trevor Agnew, The Press)

"These diaries are an important historical resource which retain an immediacy and tell a compelling story." 
(Ron Tyrrell. Otago Daily Times)


"Packed with the "every day" happenings that this elite group of humble heroes took as "just doing their bit" as they blazed their way into history and legend." (Mark Vuletich)

216 pages 85,000 words including the diaries, plus authoritative articles on Jopling and the LRDG 125 rare photos from private collections 15 maps and graphics index printed on quality art paper soft cover

Bearded Brigands is available in New Zealand bookstores, or by mailorder from Ngaio Press to anywhere in the world.

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July 2003