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the Lovat Scouts in World War One, the Long Range Desert Group and the Special Air Service in the Western Desert Campaign and North West Europe, similar units such as Force 136 in East Asia during the Second World War and the Finnish Army during the Continuation War.
The Special Air Service Regiment also conducts long-ranged patrols, and has done so during combat and peacekeeping deployments.
The Canadian Rangers conduct long-range surveillance or sovereignty patrols in the sparsely settled areas of Northern Canada.
Although part of the Canadian Army, they are an irregular military force.
The Danish Defence Forces had two long-range surveillance companies (LRSC) known as "Patrol-Companies" – one assigned to the Jyske Division in Jutland and one assigned to the Land Command Zealand (Corps-level) (abbreviated "SEP/ELK" and "SEP/VLK" for: "Specielle Efterretningspatruljer/Østre resp. Special Intelligence Patrols) – an all volunteer unit within the Danish Home Guard that is now called Special Support and Reconnaissance Company (SSR).
The achievements of Major Roberts' dozen companies of approximately 1,200 men during the French and Indian War were so extraordinary that his doctrine, "Standing Orders, Rogers' Rangers," 1759, became the cornerstone of future U. Army Long-range Reconnaissance Patrol units, including the U. Army Rangers, and indeed, the Special Operations light infantry community.
During the Second World War, the 2/1st North Australia Observer Unit was tasked with patrolling the remote areas of northern Australia on horseback.Many from the Unit were recruited to join M Special Unit and Z Special Unit for long-range specialist reconnaissance and sabotage behind Japanese lines.In the 1980s the Regional Force Surveillance Units (NORFORCE, The Pilbara Regiment and 51st Battalion, Far North Queensland Regiment) were formed to conduct long range reconnaissance and surveillance patrols in the sparsely populated and remote regions of northern Australia.In Finland, long-range patrols (kaukopartio) were especially notable during World War II.For example, Erillinen Pataljoona 4 (4th Detached Battalion), a command of four different long-range patrol detachments; Detachment Paatsalo, Detachment Kuismanen, Detachment Vehniäinen and Detachment Marttina operated throughout the Continuation War phase of the war.These units penetrated Soviet lines and conducted reconnaissance and destroy missions.