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#1 askari

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Posted 28 October 2013 - 02:32 PM

Besides US militaria, my other major interest is Egypt (history, politics, militaria, etc.) This mini-collection combines both interests.

 

Here we see US troops in Egypt during WWII... visiting the Pyramids and Sphinx... all posing in the same place, taken by the same photographer. Believe it or not, it wasn't too hard to build this collection; took me less than a year of casual searching, and for little money.

 

This was a popular spot for tourists apparently, I've also seen photos of British soldiers in WWII and post-war civilian tourists posing at the same place.

 

First up, two corporals on camels....

 

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Posted 28 October 2013 - 02:33 PM

Next, a lieutenant and a captain of the Army Service Forces (possibly Military Police?) on camels.

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Posted 28 October 2013 - 02:36 PM

A change of animal and of service... Here's a Navy officer on a horse. Written on the back of the photo: "Lt. J.J. Laffy, USNR, Jan 28 1944"gi-3.jpeg



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Posted 28 October 2013 - 02:39 PM

A related photo: Lt. Laffy, now on a camel (left), with what look like two Merchant Mariners, a Navy enlisted man, and a Navy officer. Written on the back: "Cairo, Egypt, Jan. 28, 1944; Roosevelt & Churchill staying at Mina House - half mile east of here - before meeting with Stalin on the Black Sea. Seems that half the British Army is in the area now."

 

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Posted 28 October 2013 - 02:42 PM

Now the turn of the Army Air Forces. Written on the back: "Lt. Col. Kempston, Falls, Idaho; Lt. R.R. Blades, Kentwood La.; F/O W.E. Jones, Montgomery Ala.; me."

 

 

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Posted 28 October 2013 - 02:44 PM

Finally, four Army enlisted on camels. I think the Egyptian guide on the right is the same man as in photo #2.

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Posted 28 October 2013 - 03:03 PM

Very interesting photos, thanks for posting.



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Posted 28 October 2013 - 03:04 PM

Cool!

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Posted 28 October 2013 - 03:54 PM

Was there during Bright Star 85', don't think I had the same photographer though.  Thanks for the pics.

 

 

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Posted 28 October 2013 - 03:55 PM

Nice! That is definitely some new material, thanks for sharing.



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Posted 28 October 2013 - 03:58 PM

Same spot, several years ago. It is everything they say it is, and more. Trust me.

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted 28 October 2013 - 08:11 PM

My wife to be and I visited there around 1981 or 82.  One of the things they warned you about was not to let the camel owner walk you too far out into the desert.  Apparently some of them made some extra cash by taking tourists out, and then asking for extra money to take you back.  If you said no, they dumped you off the camel and rode back, leaving you to walk the rest of the way!  We didn't have that problem, and it made for some great photos.



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Posted 29 October 2013 - 04:43 AM

Hope to get there myself someday.



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Posted 29 October 2013 - 08:55 AM

I have some nice period Kodachrome color taken in 44-45 of GIs at the site. Yours are the only other images I have seen. Very nice!

 

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Posted 29 October 2013 - 12:02 PM

Interesting how the area in front and under the Sphinx's head has changed since WW2 as shown by the newer photo posted. Appears to be steps or a platform in front of and underneath the head in the WW2 vintage photo


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Posted 29 October 2013 - 06:10 PM

Interesting how the area in front and under the Sphinx's head has changed since WW2 as shown by the newer photo posted. Appears to be steps or a platform in front of and underneath the head in the WW2 vintage photo

The Sphinx is under constant care, continually being dug up, tidied up etc etc, has been even back in the Ancient Greeks days, and before :D 

 

Check out the Google Sphinx 1880s photo page, you all know how it works, click on the image you desire and it redirects to the site the image originated.

 

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Posted 29 October 2013 - 06:41 PM

:D

 

General Patton on Malta during his unemployment after the slapping incidents in Sicliy.

 

 

"Well Codman, let's get on down to Egypt and see if the pyramids are still standing!"

 



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Posted 29 October 2013 - 07:14 PM

Interesting how the area in front and under the Sphinx's head has changed since WW2 as shown by the newer photo posted. Appears to be steps or a platform in front of and underneath the head in the WW2 vintage photo

 

It was sandbagged below the chin to protect it during WW2.

 

 

 

 

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Posted 29 October 2013 - 08:03 PM



 

It was sandbagged below the chin to protect it during WW2.

 

 

 

 

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I've been seeing that too, but here is a much better photo of the Sphinx in WWII, don't looked sandbagged to me.

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On this site where the below photo is from, on the British Army's 51st Infantry Division,The Highland Division, states that only it's head was supported by Sandbags, as we see in both photos, this would seem to be the case. Don't know why it's head had to be supported, perhaps it was time for a little maintenance again, and this so happened during the war, a coincidence

 

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Posted 31 October 2013 - 03:57 PM

You all have some sharp eyes! Thanks for the additional photos, Patches.

 

At the risk of going off-topic, the stone support under the Sphinx's chin dates from 1931. A few years before parts of the head and crown were falling off, and this was part of a repair/reconstruction effort. It was removed by the early 1950s.



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Posted 31 October 2013 - 06:59 PM

Why would this be off topic? the Sphinx is really the subject in question, no Sphinx, no GIs possing in front of it.

 

in any event, so it will be stones rather than sandbags? do you have the page on this, a site? wiki dose have someting but it doesn't say much at all.

 

"In 1931 engineers of the Egyptian government repaired the head of the Sphinx when part of its headdress fell off in 1926 due to erosion that had also cut deeply into its neck"



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Posted 01 November 2013 - 07:35 AM

They placed sandbags under the chin for support to prevent bomb damage, just in case.



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Posted 01 November 2013 - 01:35 PM

They placed sandbags under the chin for support to prevent bomb damage, just in case.

Just in case those bad Germans and Italians got their bomb sites off kilter :lol:  



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Posted 01 November 2013 - 03:59 PM

How about a couple more, courtesy of Signal Corps Linemen from Company B of the 439th Signal Battalion...

 

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Posted 10 November 2013 - 07:38 PM

Thought I would add some color to the great images you posted to start this thread. These are all Kodachrome slides from the same soldier.

 

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