Libya1951/A night in the Sahara!
I had meant to answer your first post but have been having a bit of trouble with vertigo so had a day or two off site. I was in Egypt in 1949 with the 16th/5th Lancers and stationed at Fanara which is about twenty miles south of Ismailia by the side of the Great Bitter Lake. We moved to Libya early 1950 where we stayed until I was demobbed when my National service days ended. I really enjoyed the tale and am at present on another site doing a series of anecdotes about my time in Libya and it seems people are enjoying them. I was looking forward to more from you along the same lines so just where were you in Cyrenaica? We moved to BARCE but only for a few months when we went to Zastava although I believe the name has been changed since then. Cyrenaica was in fact part of Libya and geographically was next to Egypt unlike Tripolitania which made up the rest of the country. So, any more good tales to come?
PS. Did you ever go up or down that zig-zag road from the top of the escarpment to the coast road leading to Derna? Terrifying especially when the wagons were driven by the Mauritian drivers.
Thanks for responding - yes I remember the zig-zag road very well, in fact we had occasion to go to Barce - I remember it well, in fact I was allowed to drive the 3 tonne we were in(no experience!), on a lonely stretch of the road. Did you ever visit Apolonia or Cyrene? - if you're interested in history, it was fabulous. The ancient ruins at Cyrene were extensive and at the time non-commercial and completely open. We did a 1 day tour of the area from our army holiday camp. Did you ever get leave while you were in the middle east?
Sorry for the delay in responding - I never got the chance to explore. When we moved to Libya there was so much work on I hardly had time to break wind and my time wasn't far from being up. We used to swim on a beach near Tocra and I now wish I'd taken the chance to walk down and look around. It seems it was a very important town way back in Roman times and there's still a lot of ancient ruins and such around.
You'd probably enjoy the stories I mentioned before and I have put them under the heading of 'Pull up a sandbag'. You must have heard that expression! Anyway, if you add any more I'll cetainly read them.