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The Lost Oasis: The Desert War and the Hunt for Zerzura
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The Lost Oasis: The Desert War and the Hunt for Zerzura (Hardback)

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A study of the true story behind The English Patient , one of the least known and most extraordinary episodes of World War II. } 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 clubs 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 Rommels advance on Cairo, while a fellow club member, Hungarian Count Almasy, succeeded in placing German spies there. Ultimately, the British prevailed. Saul Kellys 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: its all true. }

History & PoliticsMilitary HistorySecond World WarHistory & PoliticsMilitary StudiesIntelligence, Strategy & tacticsMilitary intelligenceHistory & PoliticsRegional & national historyEuropean history Publisher: Taylor & Francis Inc Publication Date: 16/04/2003 ISBN-13: 9780813341033  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Saul Kellyis lecturer at King's College, London, specializing in the history of the Great Powers in Northern Africa. He has written several books, including Cold War in the Desert, and with Charles Douglas-Home, Dignified and Efficient: The British Monarchy in the Twentieth Century . He lives in London.

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