Friday, April 2, 2010

The Gay "English Patient"

Laszlo Almasy was an explorer known by the Bedouin as "Father of the sand" who explored two million square kilometers of the Saharan desert mapping and making a number of discoveries including stone age painted dugouts. Hollywood loosely based the movie "The English Patient" on Almasy with his characters heart being broken by a women before he dies as a hero.

Love letters from the Nazi agent to a soldier named Hans as well as at least one prince show Laszlo Almasy was not interested in women. His 1942 "Operation Salam" was perhaps his most daring act when he smuggled Nazi agents into British occupied Egypt.

To do this Almasy revealed that he had a hiding place in the desert for the operations supplies, a hiding place that has recently been found by an Austrian expedition.

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