"Rusty Bits"

“Rusty Bits”; small stories, impressions and whatever may come to my mind…


Mareth Line (1943 - 2011)

The fighting for the Mareth line in Tunisia took place in early March 1943 and endet with the withdrawal of the Axis forces to the so called “Akarit line” further to the north. In this time a photographer took a picture of a bunker position near the City of Tatouine in the Dahar mountains. The purpose of this fortified position was to guard the entrance of the road through the mountains.

In 2011 I had the chance to visit this place with some friends whilst we were on the way to the sand dunes of the Grand Erg Oriental and I did not miss to take photos of these bunkers.

In 2012 a small booklet dealing with the Mareth line was published but I only got a copy of it in 2014 – and then I saw the photo of 1943 for the first time. And I was really astonished to see the same bunkers photographed from the very same spot as I had done it three years back.

04.04.2014 17:56 | Kuno Gross

Pyramides and Aircraft
Beechcraft 18 over the Pyramides of Gizeh
Beechcraft 18 over the Pyramides of Gizeh

In relation to our planned flight with a vintage Beechcraft 18 I started to look for photographs showing this type of aircraft in a “desert environment”. It took not long until I found an old advert showing such plane flying over the famous pyramids of Egypt…

This motivated me to look out for more such photographs and paintings – and it was not a big surprise to find quite a number of them in the internet and on the covers of old magazines (The Aeroplane).

As it seems to me – not ol of these photographs were actually taken with the aircraft and the pyramides in the background but quite a number looks like being “photoshopped”…

If you should have or should find more such pictures or photographs, please send them to me so that I can add them to this “collection”.

25.03.2014 11:25 | Kuno Gross

Sea of Sand

Another famous desert-movie. The story is not thaaaat important but it was filmed on original locations with the technical assistance of W.B. Kennedy-Shaw.

19.12.2013 23:57 | Kuno Gross

Desert Comics

It is not that I am a fanatic collector of “desert-comics” but if I come accross one, where “desert” plays a role, I normally buy it. I buy them just because of the “desert” but have to admit that I do actually not like all of them…

04.03.2014 21:17 | Kuno Gross