Almasy Photographs

These photographs, most of them taken by Hansjoachim von der Esch, document the early 1930s expedition in the Libyan desert undertaken by L.E. Almasy which was a principal subject of the novel and movie The English Patient. They appeared in Almasy's account of the expedition, Unbekannte Sahara, published in Germany in the early 1940s.

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World War II Years

During World War II Almasy served on the staff of Field Marshall Erwin Rommel as head of a group of desert scouts. Rommel also entrusted him with various intelligence missions, one of which was the exploit at the heart of the novel The Eye of the Needle by Ken Follett. Almasy's published memoir of part of his service with and for Rommel, first published in the early 1940s, has just been republished in Hungary. These pictures are from this new edition, and document a small portion of Almasy's activities during the war.

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