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BBC NEWS | UK | England | Lancashire | WWII army bag is found in desert

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(fyi: I travelled with Khaled in 2001 and he will be guiding next year's Gilf tour)
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BBC NEWS | UK | England | Lancashire | WWII army bag is found in desert

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(fyi: I travelled with Khaled in 2001 and he will be guiding next year's Gilf tour)
Did a Google search for Gilf....... it came up with stuff a bit like MILF but much older ....... Tell me I'm Wrong...

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What a fantastic story.
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Did a Google search for Gilf....... it came up with stuff a bit like MILF but much older ....... Tell me I'm Wrong...

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Martyn,
You're wrong. I thought a couple of times about your post - it has to be your humour - and then I thought that maybe you are not familiar with C's tours:-
(although "tour" is a weak word for his adventures) ps The link is showing as a banner at the top of this page.
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Agreed about the story; there was an article on the BBC radio about it at about the same date as the webpage.
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Forget the desert. I want some GILF action closer to home !
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That is such a great story!
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A good guide from Gilf Kebir
There was an item on local news last night about an Egyptian guide called Khaled Makram who found a WW2 soldiers kit bag whilst in the Gilf. It contained all the soldiers personal effects, perfectly preserved by the sands including his letters home to his family which never arrived.

He was able to return the items to his elderly sister in person and they showed it on the news last night. I thought it was a kind thing to do and wanted to pay tribute to him here in case anyone knows him.
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Did a Google search for Gilf....... it came up with stuff a bit like MILF but much older ....... Tell me I'm Wrong...

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I haven't laughed this hard in a while! Too funny! The bulging eyes made it!!


On a serious note, great story. Somebody buy this man a for doing the right thing. Cheers!
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Great story!

As an aside 'Popski' (not his actual name, which I can't remember, popski was his nickname) wrote a book called, funnily enough, 'Popski's Private Army'. Popski was a, quite clearly, slightly loony Pole who formed his own 'irregular unit' as was the fashion in North Africa at the time. Presumably he thought 'If it's good enough for David Stirling...' (for those who don't know D.S. founded the SAS).

Popski's private army completed many incredibly daring raids in North Africa and later in Italy. The book is hilarious, and relates some fantastic stories of the unit's exploits. Most memorable perhaps was the unit's habit of driving around occupied territory in Willy's jeeps (or possibly Chevrolet trucks) in British Army uniform on the assumption that German soldiers would assume any military personnel must be on their side and not look too closely at uniforms. It seemed to work and Popski even stopped his jeep while dressed in British uniform to ask a german soldier for directions (which of course he got). I'd reccomend the book to anyone who likes a good story of true adventure. Keep an eye out for it in 2nd hand bookshops!

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That's a great story.

I'd never thought of Gilf as an acronym until now...

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Great story!

As an aside 'Popski' (not his actual name, which I can't remember, popski was his nickname) wrote a book called, funnily enough, 'Popski's Private Army'. Popski was a, quite clearly, slightly loony Pole who formed his own 'irregular unit' as was the fashion in North Africa at the time. Presumably he thought 'If it's good enough for David Stirling...' (for those who don't know D.S. founded the SAS).

Popski's private army completed many incredibly daring raids in North Africa and later in Italy. The book is hilarious, and relates some fantastic stories of the unit's exploits. Most memorable perhaps was the unit's habit of driving around occupied territory in Willy's jeeps (or possibly Chevrolet trucks) in British Army uniform on the assumption that German soldiers would assume any military personnel must be on their side and not look too closely at uniforms. It seemed to work and Popski even stopped his jeep while dressed in British uniform to ask a german soldier for directions (which of course he got). I'd reccomend the book to anyone who likes a good story of true adventure. Keep an eye out for it in 2nd hand bookshops!

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"Private Army" by Vladimir Peniakoff - in fact, he was a Belgium national, born of Russian parents who served in the French Army in WW1 and the British Army, as outlined by Matt, in WW2.
He taught himself to navigate in the desert, and drive at the same time, with solo trips from Cairo in the 1930s - this came in handy in the 1940s.

He often visited the Gilf as well
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He often visited the Gilf as well
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I'm not questioning his daring military exploits, but AFAIK Popski & co. never went anywhere near the Gilf or the deep desert, his ventures were limited to the northern coast, which barely qualifies as 'desert' to most serious visitors of this forum...
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I'm not questioning his daring military exploits, but AFAIK Popski & co. never went anywhere near the Gilf or the deep desert, his ventures were limited to the northern coast, which barely qualifies as 'desert' to most serious visitors of this forum...

Yep, "often" is wrong: he went that way with Easonsmith: its outlined in the link from Richard K.

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"Private Army" by Vladimir Peniakoff - in fact, he was a Belgium national, born of Russian parents who served in the French Army in WW1 and the British Army, as outlined by Matt, in WW2.
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