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The desert railway : the New Zealand Railway Group in North Africa and the Middle East during the Second World War

Author: Brendon Judd
Publisher: Auckland, N.Z. : Penguin, 2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This is the untold story of the hundreds of New Zealand railwaymen - shunters, builders, engine drivers, firemen, engineers - who answered the call to construct and operate a railway network in the Western Desert during the Second World War. Overlooked in other war histories, these men played a significant role in the Allied victory in North Africa. The desert railway became a crucial strategic operation,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Brendon Judd
ISBN: 0143019155 9780143019152
OCLC Number: 156000380
Notes: Previous edition: Railway Book Committee, 2003.
Description: 328 pages : illustrations, maps ; 20 cm
Contents: The call for volunteers --
Voyage to Egypt --
Training at Maadi Camp --
Into the Western Desert --
El Dabaa and Mersa Matruh --
Burg el Arab --
Locomotive water requirements --
Offensive and counter-offensive --
The Rats of Tobruk --
Tragedy and bravery --
Greece, the Canal Zone and Palestine --
Desert entertainment --
The Desert Railway continues --
How the railway was operated --
The Desert Railway completed --
Wrath of the Luftwaffe --
The retreat of 1942 --
Railway construction in the Levant --
The lull before the storm --
The last advance --
A job well done --
Readjusting to Civvy Street --
Appendix 1 : Boarding lists --
Appendix 2 : Lest we forget --
Appendix 3 : The LMS Stanier 8F Locomotive.
Responsibility: Brendon Judd.

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