Operation Salam, László Almásy’s most daring Mission in the Desert War

15 May 1942: The day before, the operation had met nearby catastrophe and failure at the early beginning. Ladislaus Almásy had reconsidered the planning as a whole and calculated a new route during that night. One of his vehicles was broken, another one damaged and two men of his group suffered serious health problems. All were completely exhausted. Then he decided to send the two men with the damaged truck back to the base and to continue the operation on a new route. There was maybe enough fuel and water to reach the target but not to return – and there were the desert-patrols of the enemy!

Historical Photographs

_The historical photographs were provided by Dal McGuirk and Ottokar Seubert _

Then & Now

The “Then & Now” photographs were taken on an expedition retracing the route of Operation Salam in October 2010

Expedition Map
Link to the Book
Operation Salam

The new book

www.desertstories.org/index.php?article_id=45

References

  • Kuno Gross, Michael Rolke and Andras Zboray: Operation Salam, László Almásy’s most daring Mission in the Desert War, Belleville, Munich 2013