Kuno Gross, Michael Rolke & Andras Zboray
ca. 21 × 27,4 cm, Hardcover
ca. 412 pages
ca. 500 drawings, maps, historical and color photos
48 Euro (Book incl. Shipping for EUROPE)
58 Euro (Book incl. Shipping for REST OF THE WORLD)
78 USD (Book incl. Shipping for REST OF THE WORLD)
42 GBP (Book incl. Shipping for UK (Europe))
The publisher of this book is Belleville Verlag Michael Farin in Munich, Germany.
I am re-reading ‘Operation Salam’ at this time and repeatedly delighted, page after page, at the quality and depth of your historical research. The book is a tremendous achievement and it’s a real joy to be transported back to the wartime challenges of desert travel. Thanks for a great desert story, brilliantly told, skilfully researched and splendidly illustrated. I can feel the sand between my toes, and it feels good !
Eines der besten Bücher, die ich in der letzten Zeit gekauft und gelesen habe. Die Verfasser haben hervorragende Arbeit geleistet, meine Hochachtung.
J. Meier on AMAZON
….This is a godsend for the historian, adventurer (field and armchair), military modeler or art department.
Ph. Garn on AMAZON
This is a meticulously researched book, put together by men with extensive desert experience. And they didn't just track down every last possible document from the archives, either. They also retracted the actual route of the journey, and the incredible collection of historic photos in the book are supplemented with modern colour prints taken in those very same remote regions. This is the definitive account of Laszlo Almasy's Operation Salam. And it is a fitting tribute to a brilliant desert traveler.
R. Murdock on AMAZON
And a more detailed account can be found here: > LINK
Definitively a beautiful book, very well illustrated with accurate historical and geographical information; a must for Sahara travelers!!!
P. Usai on AMAZON
Ich gratuliere Ihnen mit höchster Anerkennung für Ihre große Leistung mit dem Buch
Dr. Stephan Kröpelin, Heinrich Barth Institut, Köln
Kuno, Michael, Andras, my dear friends, I have a copy of your book in my hands: your work is OUTSTANDING… this book is a breakthrough.
Roberto Chiarvetto, Italy.
Meine Frau und ich gratulieren herzlich zu dem aufwändig gemachten Buch. Es ist heute angekommen, vielen herzlichen Dank, und hat uns schon beim ersten Durchblättern begeistert.
Andrea & Alexander Almásy, Burg Bernstein, Oesterreich
I am very impressed. It is a beautiful looking book, well laid out and the standard of production is uniformly high. I offer you and your co-authors my heartfelt congratulations. This book fills a space in an important chapter in the history of the war in North Africa in WWII. You can be proud of what you have contributed.
Dal McGuirk, New Zealand
The book. Magnificent. Fantastic. Attention to detail remarkable. Well done. Brilliant pics.
Jonathan Pittaway, South Africa
Den SALAM – Wälzer habe ich in drei Tagen gelesen und ich beglückwünsche Dich und Deine Co-Autoren zu diesem Werk. Allein die Mühe, all diese Recherchen!
Ich kenne doch die Geschichte von diversen Seiten, trotzdem ist die Handlung sehr gut abgefasst und regt zum Weiterlesen an – wie ein guter Krimi. Was für mich besonders interessant war, ist die Vorgeschichte und all die Umstände, die zu SALAM führten. Den Almasy kann ich mir gut in seiner lässigen, saloppen ungarischen kuk-Art vorstellen (Jahrgang meines Vaters). Was muss der Mann doch mit diesen weitgehend unerfahrenen, wenn auch zum Teil willigen Männern ausgehalten haben! Da kann ich nur meinen Hut ziehen. Und den ziehe ich auch vor Euch, alle drei aus der Nachkriegsgeneration, die sich diese Sache zugetraut und zu einem SEHR GUTEN Ende gebracht haben. Vielen Dank!
H. O., Veteran der Panzerarmee Afrika
Das Warten hat sich mehr als gelohnt. Ich würde mich durchaus dem Fachpublikum zurechnen und bewerte das Buch als wirklich erstklassig in Form und Inhalt.
O.H., Oberstleutnant d.R.
I congratulate the authors to the outstanding result of their five years lasting thorough research in official and private archives and in the desert. It obviously needed their enthusiasm to discover and publish after seventy years the really true story of “Operation Salam”. My impression is that the authors have extremely thoroughly double and triple checked the facts before making use of them – a rare quality nowadays.
This book is printed and illustrated by relevant historic and comparative present-day photos as well as maps and drawings in a way that made reading for me easy and most pleasant. I got the feeling to be part of the expedition and was most fascinated by the numerous details told in the story.
If one continues reading after the end of the story itself the contrast between Almásy´s professionalism and the amateur like behaviour of the spies and the naivety of the German signal communication becomes extremely clear and shocking. The comments of the authors on other publications dealing with the same subject seem to me who has read some of them very justified.
I appreciated this serious historic book very much because it differs well from many sensational war and spy stories having been published through out the past years.
Manfred Blume, Col. retd. and son in law of Nikolaus Ritter
I'm about halfway through Operation Salaam – finally got a chance to sit down and read it properly. They're just about to reach the Gilf Kebir, having snuck past Kufra. It's an amazingly thorough piece of research, and a cracking good read :-)
Roy Paterson, foPPA, UK
It is the wish of all three authors to express their special thanks to Heidi Sorg who is responsible for the layout. Her ability to cope with our ideas and her patience to deal with the endless amount of changes and corrections were outstanding. Another special thanks goes to Michael Farin who accepted to print and publish the book without having seen the photographs and without having read the manuscript in advance. Many thanks, for your trust, confidence and patience.
Many thanks to all the readers of our book for their very positive feedback and comments. Andras, Kuno & Michael
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!
30 December 2008: After some correspondence, the three authors of this book thought, that it is high time to present the full content of “Operation Salam” and to set a long deserved monument to Count Almásy.In addition, it was the intention of the Authors to review or where necessary to refute a lot of rumours and legends in regard of Almásy and his activities.
This is the story of one of the most daring secret operations during the Desert Campaign of the Second World War. A mission far behind the enemy lines, thousands of kilometers through the driest corner of the Saharan desert. The higher command realisticly did not believe in a success – but they did not count on Almásy’s endurance and experience!
The book provides the full details about this operation based on all known written accounts. The photographs taken by the authors of this book took along the route provide the reader a vivid impression of the dramatic landscapes “Operation Salaam” had to cross until it reached its target.
This book is intended as a monument to Count Ladislaus Almásy. To Almásy as an Aviator, Sportsman and one of the greatest Desert Explorers of the 20th Century.
The full story of “Operation Salam” from the first days of planning to the successful completion.
The failed “Operation Kondor”
The setup of the German “Abwehr” in North Africa and its ambitious missions.
Operation Kondor (the first one)
The Allied Forces efforts to catch Almasy.
Description of vehicles, radios, weapons and other equipment.
Route map of “Operation Salam”.
Historical photos of “Operation Salam”.
Color photos of the re-traced route on the Libyan and the Egyptian side. “Then & Now” photos of “Operation Salam”.
Sonderkommando Dora / Unternehmen Dora.
“Kufra Tragedy” (15 Sqn SAAF)
Transcript of Almasy's diary.
Transcript of Sandstede's memoirs.
Transcript of all intercepted W/T messages.
The authors have paid a high attention to the details of the narrative and also to the maps which show the routes of “Operation Salam” in the highest possible accuracy.
The below sample pages shall give some impressions about the layout and the content of the book. Naturrally, there are also pages with only text but most pages contain a photo or an illustration.
1. Churchill Archives, London, UK
2. Imperial War Museum, London, UK
3. National Archives, Kew, UK
4. Das Bundesarchiv / Militärarchiv, Freiburg and Koblenz, DE
5. Family Almásy-Bernstein for their kind permission to publish Almásy’s Salam diary and to use passages of his book Rommel seregénél Libyában.
6. Dorothea Auer, Embassador of the Republic of Austria in Tripoli, Libya, for her kind assistance.
7. Karin und Manfred Blume for the photos to Sonderkommando Ritter.
8. Ian Chard for the provision of his father’s photos of Cairo and the careful and very valuable review of the manuscript.
9. Roberto Chiarvetto for his never ending assistance in all matters during the research.
10. Brendan O’Carroll for his assistance regarding the Long Range Desert Group.
11. Peter Clayton † for his help and advice.
12. Francois De Wet for the information regarding the 15 Squadron, South African Air Force.
13. Urs Ernst, Festungsmuseum Reuenthal (Switzerland), for his assitance regarding German weapons.
14. Tim Farnden for the photographs of his late grandfather Leonard Elsey of his journey to Kufra.
15. Jean Howard (Alington) †, for the provision of her transcribed and corrected version of the Salam diary.
16. Peter Gierlach and Ragnar Otterstad for their assistance in regard of the Agentenfunkgerät SE.99/10.
17. Stephan Kröpelin for his assistance and the provision of the Eppler photographs.
18. Selina Küst, Stadtarchiv Karlsruhe, for finding out von Steffens whereabouts after the seventies.
19. Titan Honner for information and photographs about Almásy in Graz.
20. Saul Kelly, Author of The Hunt for Zerzura for the permission to use and quote parts of his outstanding book.
21. Rudolph Kuper for his invaluable assistance, writing of the foreword and the contribution of correspondence and documents.
22. Dal McGuirk for the provision of photographs of German equipment and the original photographs of Operation Salam and for the provision of explanation about German equipment.
23. Rolf Munniger for the photographs of his late father.
24. Franz Nitzsche, “Rheinpfalz”, Ludwigshafen, for their assistance regarding the Kaps reports.
25. Jonathan Pittaway for his always available help and assistance.
26. Walter Rummel, Landesarchiv Rheinland-Pfalz, Speyer, for helping to find information about Eppler’s postwar life.
27. John D. Salt for the proofreading of the manuscript.
28. Oskar Seubert for the provision of the photos of his late father.
29. Dimitris Skatsilakis for the photos of Kampfgeschwader 26.
30. Uncounted other persons who gave small hints, advice and encouragement while doing the research for the book.