My Story: Desert Danger: Tim Jackson, North Africa WWII

“I was lifting one of our mines when there was an explosion from the team to our right. I only heard it because there had been a momentary lull in the barrage from the big guns. We all looked, and saw that the man lifting the mines had handled one incorrectly and it had exploded…”

The riveting story of nineteen-year-old Tim Jackson, serving in North Africa during World War II. As British troops advance towards the German forces, Tim is desperately trying to keep his hands steady and nerves calm. His job is to detect and detonate mines – a task fraught with terrible danger. But if he cannot clear the path, the army will not reach the front… Set during the decisive Battle of El Alamein in Egypt in 1942, this is the vivid and accurate tale of a young man serving with the British ‘Eighth Army’ who destroyed the German forces.

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    Jim Eldridge

    Jim Eldridge is the award-winning author of The Trenches, Flying Ace and Armada in the boy’s strand of the My Story series. He is also a TV script-writer for the BBC.

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