Vehicle identification was never entirely easy as both sides used captured transport. After the numerous retreats from France, Greece and Crete, the Axis had a fairly good store of Allied equipment.
Lloyd Owen, patrolling in the cold light of a winter’s dawn, suddenly “noticed that Brian Springfield –never at his most cheerful at that hour… was looking rather more alert than usual. The watcher had spotted movement. Titch Cave lined up the handles of his Vickers. The vehicle was identified as a 15-cwt truck but was it theirs or ours? Titch was all for ‘brassing-up’, sure they must be hostile.”
Lloyd Owen was more curious, and besides the truck was useful plunder.
The occupants were in fact Italians who threw up their hands when challenged. They were on their way to a spot of leave in Derna. The LRDG comics informed them that they wouldn’t be going there after all but to Cairo instead.
The one who spoke the best English thought this a splendid idea, as he had, he said, always wanted to see Cairo!
Ghost Patrol: A History of the Long Range Desert Group 1940-45, by John Shadler
It was against vulnerable enemy aerodromes that the SAS proved its worth, not just in the total of enemy aircraft destroyed (this amounted to some 400 by November 1942), but because of these sudden strikes the Axis were obliged to allocate more and more troops to purely defensive roles.
This is perhaps the most enduring image of SAS/ LRDG –a patrol of heavily armed jeeps, crewed by bearded, piratical commandos, storming along lines of parked Axis aircraft. Engines racing and jeeps spewing fire, a volcano of noise and fury, planes shuddering and sagging, a brief exultant burst of satisfying destruction, and the raiders roar off into the desert night.
Ghost Soldiers: A History of the Long Range Desert Group 1940-45, by John Shadler
With some help from one of my teachers, I think I figured out how Sherlock and Moriarty survived. My teacher suggested that Sherlock threw Moriarty off the building. From that I was able to figure everything out.
First of all, that wasn’t Moriarty. The face we know as Moriarty was ACTUALLY either an insane Moriarty copycat or someone working for the real Moriarty. (1) The real Moriarty wouldn’t kill himself. It would relinquish all his power and he’d just be insane rather than a mastermind (2) the real Moriarty wouldn’t kill Sherlock. He’s too obsessed with Sherlock to make him kill himself (3) The real Moriarty would know that Sherlock was setting him up at the end. Sherlock had his phone recording their conversation, so he was acting stumped and asking questions. Sherlock would never legitimately do that. He would try to figure things out, or have it figured out beforehand. And the real Moriarty, who is obsessed with Sherlock and studies him, would know Sherlock was out of character. Therefore, that wasn’t actually Moriarty.
Second, Sherlock threw fake Moriarty off of the building. Sherlock has obviously figured out Moriarty’s plan to try to make him kill himself, hence his behaviour acting stumped and recording it. He put fake Moriarty in a position to kill himself. Sherlock had come prepared. He brought a wig and switched clothes with fake Moriarty. He got either his buddies in the underground to collect and identify the body, or he went to Molly in private and got her to say it was him. After all, he’s a criminal. His body probably would have gone to the police after he was pronounced dead.
That’s my theory. There may be some holes in it. Feel free to point them out.