Passed over Plains of Jezreel. Nazareth like all other Arab towns. Visited “Church of Annunciation” built over caves believe to have been part of Virgin Mary’s house. Church has three altars representing Gabriel the Angel – Mary’s parents & Virgin Mother. A few steps further on “Church of St Joseph” built over caves which Joseph & afterwards Christ used as carpentering shop. Church decorated with many beautiful stained windows each representing a different virtue of Joseph.
He most likely took (or purchased) these photos on this visit that day.
The comments under the photos are his own words from the backs of the photos.
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It must have been an intriguing and remarkable experience for your grandfather to be able to visit these places. Even after the 2NZDivision left Syria in mid-1942, Palestine was used as a frequent leave/R&R locale, giving the soldiers good opportunity to play ‘tourist’ even in the midst of the war. It wasn’t the first time Kiwis had been there, either – my great uncle fought in Allenby’s Palestine campaign during 1916-18, a part of the New Zealand experience that is usually forgotten these days by historians.
It sounds like he really enjoyed the tourist aspect of the trip. To travel to such strange and exotic places probably would have never even occured to him prior to the war. He has hundreds of photos and postcards, particularly in the earlier parts but towards the end, he started buying a lot of postcards – probably better quality and getting film developed was likely expensive also.
He visited a memorial to the NZ soldiers who fought in Palestine on this entry https://14weeksworthofsocks.com/2014/12/02/grandads-wwii-diary-british-war-cemetery-jerusalem-photos-taken-1942/
Enjoyed looking at the pics. Thanks for sharing. 🙂
Glad you liked them – there are more coming up shortly 🙂
Thank you again for helping us to identify one of my partner’s father’s photo of this same altar taken 1940 when he was part of the Polish Carpathian Brigade – View of cave forming part of Mary’s House of altar representing Angel Gabriel speaking to Virgin Mary. Church of Annunication – Nazareth
Thats great to hear! 🙂