Tuesday July 1st (cont)
… to reach them. Caught train into Cairo, then train to Pyramids and Sphinx. Some stones in pyramids tremendous size, heaviest are over 75 ton. Sphinx had started to be worn away by weather. Shaping of it going. Whole of pyramids had at one time been covered with alabaster (transparent stone) but had since been removed when they looked for opening of tombs.
The temple of Sphinx granite & alabaster. Great big slabs, no sticking substance is used but stones are just placed together. Pity all the statues had been removed to Old Cairo museum. Tram & paved road runs right up to the base of them.
Wednesday July 2nd
Weather terrible. All the boys absolutely done after the march.
Thursday July 3rd
Paraded at 10 o’clock, far too hot to go on march. Two tents on caught fire through glass shinng in sun. Heat unbearable all you can do is lie on bed and sweat. Night manoeuvres.
Friday July 4th
Weather still very hot. Missed routine march as we were company for duty. Had from 10AM in morning off. Received letter from Marg.
Saturday July 5th
Routine march in morning. Wrote all afternoon. Weather very hot.
Sunday July 6th
Church Parade in morning. Had Band. Went to Helwan in afternoon to pick up film. Bought Marg birthday present (pyjamas). Passed Italian Prison Camp – over 1200 Iti & German Prisoners. Aerodrome opposite with about 50 dummy planes fixed to ground. These planes were only made of old sacking though are very realistic.
Returned to camp about 4 o’clock.