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Sea of Sand
Directed by Guy Green
Written by Robert Westerby
Starring Michael Craig
John Gregson
Richard Attenborough
Release date(s) 1958
Running time 97 min.
Country U.K.
Language English

Sea of Sand is a 1958 war film starring Michael Craig, John Gregson and Richard Attenborough. Other actors featured include Barry Foster, Vincent Ball, Harold Goodwin, Ray McAnally and Percy Herbert.

Directed by Guy Green and written by Robert Westerby, the film is set in North Africa during World War II and tells the story of a patrol of the Long Range Desert Group (LRDG), commandos who drove long distances behind enemy lines in the fight against Rommel's Afrika Korps. The film's technical advisor was Bill Kennedy Shaw, who served as the group's intelligence officer during the desert campaign.

The score was by Clifton Parker and was performed by the Sinfonia of London under the musical direction of Muir Mathieson.

Many consider it to be a fairly accurate description of a typical LRDG patrol. One glaring mistake however is the troops' use of Sten guns which were never issued to or used by LRDG, who used either the SMLE .303 or the Thompson submachine gun.

It was filmed entirely in Tripolitania, Libya.


On the eve of the Battle of El Alamein, Captain Tim Cotton leads a LRDG patrol on a raid to destroy a German fuel dump located deep behind enemy lines. After surviving a perilous journey, they arrive and destroy the stocks of petrol, only to find a secret (a large number of hidden tanks) inside the depot. With their radio smashed in a German ambush, they must return to base to report the information while there is time for it to be acted upon.


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