Arab legion's Desert Patrol Alive and well in 2012

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    Eddie Parks
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    Arab legion's Desert Patrol Alive and well in 2012

    Post by Eddie Parks on Wed Jun 06, 2012 7:18 am

    The Arab Legion may be long gone but at least one part lives on. One of Glubb Pasha's great successes was the "Desert Patrol", a Bedouin force which patrolled the interface between "the desert and the sown" east of Amman and up to the Saudi/Iraqi borders.

    Today they still exist but call themselves Bedouin Police - however when I suggested it should be Dawriyya a'SaHraa (lit- patrol of the sands) this Naib (Sgt) lit up and agreed.

    The uniform is exactly as Glubb's time but the revolver is a .38 Spl S&W and he's carrying about 100 rds of 7.62. The photo was taken a few days ago in Petra

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    Re: Arab legion's Desert Patrol Alive and well in 2012

    Post by filupe on Wed Jun 06, 2012 8:05 am

    Great pic and background story, Eddie. Didn't bump into Indiana Jones or the Last Crusader by any chance ...? Wink
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    Re: Arab legion's Desert Patrol Alive and well in 2012

    Post by Eddie Parks on Wed Jun 06, 2012 8:23 am

    Funny you should say that. One of his many monikers is "the man in the hat" - which, to a traditionally minded Arab from the old Ottoman Emire area is a pretty dire insult! Why? Well because the much hated Turkish overlords wore hats rather than headcloths. Mind you so do most westerners today - go figure!
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