January 2016 Book Update

Happy new year 2’16!

As an update on the progress, which continues to be too slow, we are now hoping for the first book to be published in autumn 2016

Whilst it was originally planned to publish a small booklet on the operation against Gialo/Jalo, of something like 65 pages, the research on the subject has brought to light a wealth of new information, in particular also from the Italian side. This has brought us to about 150 pages plain text until now and we are still not at the end…

In the meantime we have also increased the format of the book, from the original 17×22cm we went to 19×27cm since we think that this suites much better to the grown dimension of the book.

We thank you for being patient.

We are still looking for relevant historical photographs of this desert operation. Further we are looking for historical photographs of the Jalo oasis in Libya.

If you think that you could contribute something to the project or if you have a particular interest in it – please address to info@desertstories.org


Bit of an update

A few things.

First, I have upgraded the account at WordPress, so the blog should now be ad-free (I may later decide to include adds, but only if they are sufficiently targeted). With this, I have also added registered a proper site name. Someone more enterprising than me had already registered ‘crusaderproject’, so I went with the title of the first of the books to be published, ‘Rommel’s Riposte’ (ha! you didn’t expect that, URL-hoggers). Point your browsers to www.rommelsriposte.com and let me know if this works (it should automatically transfer you to the site). You may have to delete cookies if you are stuck in a feedback loop.

Second, over the summer I have made good progress in dealing with the manuscript, and I believe I have found a way to show the information in a format that is interesting. I’ll road-test that on the blog in the future, closer to publication. At present, some chosen friends get to see it.

Thirdly, I have agreed with Michele Palermo, (co)-author of the bilingual books ‘Ali d’Africa‘ (on Italian 1st Fighter Wing in North Africa, with Ludovico Slongo) and ‘Le Battaglie Aeree in Africa Settentrionale’ (a day-by-day account of air battles during Operation CRUSADER, that he would supply the air story of the battle. That’s good news, and I am very pleased to have Michele on board.

So it’s looking better now than it did six months ago! As always, feedback and comments very welcome.