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The Lost Oasis - Saul Kelly

Paperback Published: 1st September 2004
ISBN: 9780813342580
Number Of Pages: 302

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"The Lost Oasis" tells the true story behind "The English Patient." An extraordinary episode in World War II, it describes the Zerzura Club, a group of desert explorers and adventurers who indulged in desert travel by early-model-motor cars and airplanes, and who searched for lost desert oases and ancient cities of vanished civilizations. In reality, they were mapping the desert for military reasons and espionage. The club's members came from countries that soon would be enemies: England and the Allied Forces v. Italy and Germany. When war erupted in 1939, Ralph Bagnold founded the British Long Range Desert Group to spy on and disrupt Rommel's advance on Cairo, while a fellow club member, Hungarian Count Almasy, succeeded in placing German spies there. Ultimately, the British prevailed. Saul Kelly's riveting history draws on interviews with survivors and previously unknown documentary material in England, Italy, Germany, Hungary, and Egypt. His book reads like a thriller - with one key difference: it's all true.

Illustrationsp. ix
Prefacep. xi
Mapsp. xv
The Hunt for Zerzurap. 1
A Desert Tragedyp. 26
Knight of the Desertp. 36
'On-On Baggers!'p. 64
Another Fashoda?p. 82
The Lost Army of King Cambysesp. 115
Bagnold's Boysp. 133
Plan El Masrip. 159
Libyan Taxis Ltd.p. 179
Operation Salamp. 192
Operation Kondorp. 220
The Fall of Ozymandiasp. 233
Glossary of Arabic Wordsp. 255
Glossary of Acronymsp. 256
Chronologyp. 257
Dramatis Personaep. 260
Notesp. 263
Bibliographyp. 282
Indexp. 289
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ISBN: 9780813342580
ISBN-10: 0813342589
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 302
Published: 1st September 2004
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.61 x 14.48  x 2.21
Weight (kg): 0.44
Edition Number: 1
Edition Type: New edition