Elizabeth Gardner


King's College London


Professor Ashley Jackson

Academic Interests:

The North African Campaign in WW2
Military Educational History
Languages at War
Special Operations History


The Libyan Arab Force: Lines of Communication from behind the lines to gendarmerie during the North African Campaign from 1940-1943.

Bio Note:

Elizabeth graduated from The University of Edinburgh with an MA (Hons) in Archaeology in 2001. She pursued a career as an archaeologist, specialist illustrator and heritage consultant until recently and is a full member of both the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (MCIfA) and the Institute of Archaeologists of Ireland (MIAI).

Elizabeth now studies, by distance learning, under Professor Ashley Jackson at King's College London. Her research into the Libyan Arab Force (LAF) is a departure from her previous academic endeavours in archaeology and history. Less well-known irregular units, such as the LAF, formed an essential part of the infrastructure on which desert operations were based. Elizabeth hopes to solve the problem of the dissonance in the evidence for the formation and operational roles of the LAF. She will also consider the significance of combined operations and methodologies of interconnecting colonial administrative networks, including their impact of the formation of irregular units.

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