Kiwis With Truck Mounted Boys .55 Anti-Tank Rifle

Yesterday I posted a photo of Jordanian Special Forces with truck-mounted Barrett anti-material rifles and in the comments a reader shared this photo of the The Long Range Desert Group operating a .55 caliber Boys Anti-Tank rifle mounted on a truck.

The The Long Range Desert Group were a British Army unit made up by volunteers mostly from New Zealand. They specialized in long range operations behind enemy lines in North Africa and were able to  go thousands of miles into the desert without external support. Their trucks were stripped of any non-essentials and they favored two wheel drive rather than four wheel to save on weight. When the unit was initially formed, they had 11 lewis machine guns, four Boys anti-tank rifles and one Bofors 37mm anti-tank cannon mounted on their fleet. Later they would add .50 Vickers machine guns. Each vehicle had six to weight weapon mounts or which two or three would be utilized.

The below photos of the LRDG are from Wikipedia





Thanks to bbmg for the photo and information.

Steve Johnson

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  • Jeff

    Makes me proud to be a Kiwi.

  • bbmg

    Glad to have brought this to your attention 🙂 definitely if you’re ever in London, be sure to check out the Imperial War Museum where they have a LRDG Chevy truck on display pretty much as it was discovered in the Egyptian desert:

  • Dundee

    A fine post! One of my favorite rilfes is a New Zealand marked M1903 Springfield. BTW, the plural of “Kiwi” is “Kiwis” – no apostrophe needed. 🙂

    • I sure agree with you on the 1903 Springfield. That was my first hi-powered rifle at the age of 12 years old.
      Mine was new unissued. Talk about taking forever to clean the first time!

  • Ray

    Not enough thanks is given to the ANZAC contribution in both wars, from one Brit to you all, thank you. Also I’ll hasten to add, those desert helmets are supremely more comfortable than the Mk6 the British Army used to issue and I may or may not know of a few guys who wore them when we invaded Iraq the second time.

  • Joseph B Campbell

    Like the “Rat Patrol” with six byes.

  • TangledThorns

    My deceased Kiwi step dad was a officer in the SAF, he would of gotten a kick out of this article if he was still alive.

  • PGConley

    My area of History that I study is the British Forces in North Africa. (and I mean all troops with the Union Jack in their flag, including the New Zealanders, and all the other countries that fit that description.) It is awesome how adaptive, innovative, fierce, and determined said forces are. My big paper I had to do as undergrad focused on the LRDG, the No. 8 Commandos, aka Layforce, the SAS, and the 7th Armored Division, aka the Desert Rats. My paper focused on the push and general acceptance of small units vs. large armies, an how Winston Churchill was a main proponent for small units, and so when David Stirling created the SAS, despite breaking into Middle East HQ, he wasn’t laughed out of the HQ, they practically immediately put him to work. All very interesting stuff.