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Desert Rat Novel

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    Absolutely! Is there a book, or site you could point me too that give more details regarding those issues?
     
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    There will be some sites with much greater information just browse a bit...look up Dick Cresswell too I think...there is an autobiography on Caldwell...
     
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    Does anyone by chance know of any maps showing mines in the areas near and around El Alamein? I've looked online and haven't found anything substantial.
     
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    Try watching. YouTube episode of ‘world ar war’ rats if Tobruk or El Alamein should be plenty to use from that...
     
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    Thanks CAC, I'll have to look at it!
     
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    The minefields of Alamein
     
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    Hello everyone! I am essentially done with the major research for this story, I'll need to clear some things up, and will still have a few questions here and there, but I'm on track to begin drafting hopefully tomorrow. I'll show you guys an excerpt from Chapter 1 in a few days, thanks for your help and support guys, I'll keep you all posted.
     
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    I have a quick question I have not been able to find for the life of me, was RAF Gambut airfield in allied hands by October 1942? Some sources say yes, but I am not overly confident about that.
     
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    Don't thank me, thank the boots on the ground.
     
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    Thank you Opana for your help, I really appreciate it!
     
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    Hello everyone, I began writing Desert Rat on Tuesday finally after a couple of weeks of research and plot creation, unfortunately it hasn't been going well. I was initially going to have the story start with the main character being a Professor at Purdue university telling his story to students in 1968, as eager as I was for this concept to work, It hasn't. I am changing it in a way that will hopefully make it easier for me to get a groove and just write. I was hoping I would have an excerpt to show to you guys by tomorrow, but that's not happening. I might be able to get it to you guys by Tuesday, but it probably won't be until Wednesday most likely. Sorry everyone and thank you for your help and support!
     
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    Hello Everyone! I finally have a small excerpt from my first part of the story, I'll have another excerpt in a week or 2! I'll keep you all updated...

    "Dear Oliver,

    30 years ago today your father passed away. I have hesitated to tell you much of anything that happened to me during the war in fear that you might be disappointed or even ashamed of me. I saw and did things that I will never forget. I’m sorry that I am just now telling you about your father and what really happened to him, I thought I was protecting you, but I was actually hurting you. In many ways I feel responsible for his death, and there have been many times in my life that I would be more than willing to take the place of your father. Along with telling about your father’s death, I hope this account allows you to see the kind of man he was, and why he was loved by so many."
     

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