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Grandad’s WWII Diary – Tuesday 7th April (cont.) – Saturday 11th April 1942

Note – the final entry on this page contains racist and anti-semetic comments.  I have included these as written by my Grandfather without editing.  This is a historical document and he would never had intended it to be read by others.  In no way do I condone or support these comments. Click here for diary entry … Continue reading

Grandad’s WWII Diary – Monday March 30th (cont.) – Tuesday 7th April 1942

Click here for diary entry for Tuesday March 24th (cont.) – Monday March 30th 1942 Monday March 30th (cont.) … to take us in & out(?).   Saw “Andy Hardy’s Private Secretary”.  Very few troops in Cairo. Tuesday March 31st Day 359 More ceremonial parades. Visited Cairo in afternoon.  Spent most of time in La American … Continue reading

Grandad’s WWII Diary – Tuesday March 24th (cont.) – Monday March 30th 1942

Click here for diary entry for Thursday March 19th – Tuesday March 24th 1942 … Halfaya Pass – but lorried again through desert.  Terrific sand storm blew up – absolutely dreadful day – hardly breathe.  Heading for Shalala – old railhead in Egypt.  Spent night there. Wednesday March 25th Day 353 Off again across desert, much … Continue reading

Grandad’s WWII Diary – Monday July 7th 1941 – Sunday July 13th 1941

Click here for diary entry for Tuesday July 1st 1941 (cont) – Sunday July 6th 1941 Monday July 7th 93rd Day Paraded in morning.  Afternoon off.  Night manoeuvres after tea.  Practised Battalion for Brigadier Hargest.  Weather terrible. Tuesday July 8th 94th Day Weather very hot.  Paraded in morning.  None in afternoon.  Just layed in beds … Continue reading

Grandad’s WWII Diary – Tuesday July 1st 1941 (cont) – Sunday July 6th 1941

Click here for diary entry for Wednesday June 25th – Tuesday July 1st 1941 (cont) Tuesday July 1st (cont) 87th Day … 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 … Continue reading

Grandad’s WWII Diary – Wednesday June 25th – Tuesday July 1st 1941

Click here for diary entry for Tuesday June 17th (cont.) – Tuesday June 24th 1941  Wednesday June 25th 81st Day Had orders to leave Tura Caves (Masara).  Did not want to leave as we have had the easiest time there since joining army.  Went back to Maadi Camp.  Passed in Battle Dress ???.  1 pair boots.  … Continue reading

Grandad’s WWII Diary – Tuesday June 17th (cont.) – Tuesday June 24th 1941

Click here for diary entry for Friday June 13th – Tuesday June 17th 1941 … but was cancelled on account of B Coy moving back to Maadi & F Coy moving in. Had the twenty-four hours off so wasn’t so bad. Wrote letters. Wednesday June 18th 74(th) Day Usual routine guard. Wrote a letter. Munitions … Continue reading

Grandad’s WWII Diary – Friday June 13th – Tuesday June 17th 1941

Click here for diary entry for Thursday June 5th – Thursday June 12th 1941 Friday June 13th 69(th) Day March & parades in morning. Pay and parade in afternoon. Went to Shafto’s pictures at night. Saw “Road to Reno” – Rand(olph) Scott. Late getting in, missed a lot of two Egyptian girls singing. Hear one sing … Continue reading

Grandad’s WWII Diary – Thursday June 5th – Thursday June 12th 1941

Click here for diary entry for Friday May 30th – Wednesday June 4th 1941 Thursday June 5th 61st Day Second day on Bren Gun Field 30 out of 50. Good to shoot out of. Night manoeuvres. Friday June 6th 62(nd) Day Longest routine march so far. Over 12 miles. From 6.30 until 10.15. Plenty tough. … Continue reading

Musings about Grandad’s War diary

If you have been following my blog for the last month you will be aware that I’ve started blogging my grandfather’s war diary.  He never spoke of the war and he passed away nearly 20 years ago, long before we knew the diary even existed. I’m pretty much posting the pages as I “translate” them … Continue reading

Grandad’s WWII Diary – Friday May 30th – Wednesday June 4th 1941

Click here for diary entry for Saturday May 24th – Thursday May 29th 1941 Friday May 30th 55th Day Leave from 2-10PM. First for over a month.  Keith could not get off.  Bus into Maadi.  Train to Cairo.  Parts of Maadi very pretty.  Diesel engine travels very fast on ???.  See various views of Dead … Continue reading

Grandad’s WWII Diary – Saturday May 24th – Thursday May 29th 1941

Click here for diary entry for Saturday May 17th – Friday May 23rd 1941 Saturday 24th 49th Day Paraded in morning.  Had lecture in Cairo.  Drilled until 12AM.  Still in quarantine. Sunday 25th 50th (Day) Reveille at 7.  Church parade 8.40AM. Quarantine lifted at noon.  Walked down to YMCA to find Keith (his brother).  Saw … Continue reading

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