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The War Magician: The man who conjured victory in the desert

The War Magician: The man who conjured victory in the desert (Paperback)

By Fisher, David

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    31 Mar 22

The incredible true story of the greatest illusionist of modern times and the man who altered the course of the second world war. Soon to be a major film starring Benedict Cumberbatch Jasper Maskelyne was a world famous magician and illusionist in the 1930s. When war broke out, h...e volunteered his services to the British Army and was sent to Egypt where the desert war had just begun. Here, he used his unique skills to save the vital port of Alexandria from German bombers and to 'hide' the Suez Canal from them. He invented all sorts of camouflage methods to make trucks look like tanks and vice versa. On Malta he developed 'the world's first portable holes': fake bomb craters used to fool the Germans into thinking they had hit their targets. His war culminated in the brilliant deception plan that won the Battle of El Alamein: the creation of an entire dummy army in the middle of the desert.
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ISBN 9781474625340
Released NZ 31 Mar 2022
Publisher Orion Publishing
Format Paperback
Available for pre-order, ships once released

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ISBN-13 9781474625340
Stock Release date is 31 March 2022
Status Available for pre-order, ships once released
Publisher Orion Publishing
Imprint Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Released 31 Mar 2022
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Fisher, David
Category Biography & Autobiography
World History: Second World War
European History
Military History
Battles & Campaigns
Number of Pages 320
Dimensions Width: 129mm
Height: 198mm
Dewey Code 940.548641092
Weight 41g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text Biography: Historical, Political & Military
ONIX Text General/trade