in aint narf ott mate
I was in the Canal zone as were a few more of us on here in '49 to '51. i'm a bit puzzled with your mention of 'rediculas', What were they and what was 'putty'? Did you mean 'Puttees' - the ones you had to wind round over your hose tops? We wore gaiters in the cavalry so didn't have the inconvenience of puttees. K.D shorts and shirts were for summer but in winter we went back to battledress and it was so cold we wore greatcoats at night. We used to finish at 13.00 hrs in summer but worked three afternoons in winter until 16.00hrs. Stationed about twenty miles south of Ismailia - roughly halfway down the west bank of the Great Bitter Lakes but had an artificial swimming pool within walking distance near a local village. We moved to Libya early 1950 and then to Zastava which I believe has been renamed but I don't know what its name is now. Anyway wasn't all good but wasn't all bad either. Cheers to you too!