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THE SANDSTORM THAT UNCOVERED A MINE FIELD

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Submitted by Sam Aurilio (United States), Dec 2, 2004 at 16:35

During a discussion regarding the Six-Day War, an incident was related which I have been unable to verify and perhaps a reader of this can shed some light on the matter. It seems that the opposing forces were maneuvering in the desert in an attempt to gain the superior position and military advantage. A powerful sandstorm reduced viability to zero and, effectively, caused all movement (and hostilities) to cease. The opposing forces did not move until the storm passed, after which, it was a clear and sunny day. When they shook the sand off, they learned that the wind had uncovered and exposed a mine field which was directly in front of them blocking the route they taking. The sandstorm saved many lives. This is a lovely "story", but did it happen? What source can I read that has an account of this? Thank you, Samuel C. Aurilio
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