Springbok stand crest

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Springbok stand crest

In 1943, in recognition of the part played by British troops in the liberation of Egypt from the threat posed by the Afrika Korps, the Egyptian government turned the Gezira sports ground into a club for allied personnel. The artefact in question is the crest from the 'Springbok' stand (pictured bottom right); each of the stands being named after a unit present at the time and crested accordingly. Sports were very important for the men stationed there, allowing them to blow off steam and maintain their fitness. Regular inter-unit competitions were held for units stationed nearby (a heading for such a game from the Egyptian Mail is shown in the top right).

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