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El Alamein and the Struggle for North AfricaInternational Perspectives from the Twenty-first Century$
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Jill Edwards

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9789774165818

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774165818.001.0001

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Between History and Geography: The El Alamein Project: Research, Findings, and Results

Between History and Geography: The El Alamein Project: Research, Findings, and Results

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El Alamein and the Struggle for North Africa

Aldino Bondesan

American University in Cairo Press

The El Alamein Project began in 2008 as a research project promoted by the University of Padova (Italy) and the Italian Society of Military Geography and Geology in order to study and preserve the El Alamein battlefields. The conditions of ordinary soldiers, manning the dusty outposts in the desert, crouching for days in foxholes and trenches, is clearly revealed and documented in this absorbing account of the University of Padova's geomorphic project of mapping and analyzing the desert battle terrain. Surveying and documenting these areas before the site is transformed to an extent that results in the disappearance of such remarkable and unique historical war remains, is now clearly essential. The El Alamein Project has two goals. The first is to establish a complete, detailed database of military archeological remains, and to publish the associated findings. Second, to create from those findings a framework of guidelines for the development of a well designed historical, cultural, tourist site on the old battlefield.

Keywords:   Military archaeological remains, Military emplacements and trenches, Aeolian depressions, Military geology, Qattara Depression, Sebkha, Desert geomorphology, Kurkar ridges, Landmines and unexploded ordinance

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