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- George Townson
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- The Middle East..
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- 21 April 2005
At the end of part three, we left George enjoying a week's well earned leave in Cairo.
Arrived back at 1 Company Bug Bug from leave and told the section was going back to Barce for a refit and one month's rest.
Left Bug Bug for Mersa Matru; first hop on our way back, 105 miles.
Left Mersa Matru for Amerya, 175 miles.
Left Amerya for Mena, 120 miles, completing 400 miles in 3 days by trucks.
Started 3 days leave in Cairo
Back at Mena camp from leave, in charge of party. Mena is in cosy reach of Cairo, not a bad camp; have nothing to do at all.
Made up to Lance Corporal
Our part has come to an end, we have had 6 weeks together. Left Mena 6am for El Daba, 220 miles.
Left El Daba for Bug Bug, 192 miles
Left Bug Bug for Cupuzza, work started right away working on the railway route west of Cupuzza
Moved up the railway another 20 miles near Gambut, weather hot.
Moved to Gambut building 4 and a half miles M.A.L., 2 days for the job, bad sand storm.
Moved to 91 Sub.Acria building 6 miles off M.A.L.
Moved back to Gambut, building 7 miles of pole lines
Bombed and machine gunned for 10 hours, starting at 9pm and ending at about 7am
With an attack of 6 ME109s, we were all very lucky no-one was hurt and no damage was done. Everyone diving in trenches tonight ready for another attack.
Still being machine gunned at night
Bombed and machine gunned now for 8 nights running but still no-one hurt and no damage done. Moved from this place at about 2pm and was not sorry. Went up the Knightsbridge side of El Adam. 5 minuted after arriving saw 3 ME109s brought down by anti-aircraft fire and one damaged.
Started to repair pole line route from El Adam to knightsbridge
Bad dust storm today. 9pm, told to pack and move to Gambut
Bombed and machine gunned early this morning
Not bombed or machine gunned now for three days, awakened at 2am and told to move at 2.30am. Left here and made for Tobruk; still dark, travelling bad, stopped a few miles outside Tobruk for the rest of the night. Tobruk getting bombed heavily and planes flying over our heads.
Slept night in an old dug-out, awakened at 7.45am to find that rest of Section had left us behind. No breakfast, caught Section up just before going into Tobruk.
Much air activity, moved camp once again just off the Derna road.
Left Tobruk 5am for Cupuzza, arrived 6pm. terrible ride across the desert - speed averaged 7 m.p.h.
Left Cupuzza for Bug Bug for 2 days rest and swimming
Left Bug Bug for Bagush
Left Bagush for 1st Armoured Division 30 miles out of Mersa Matru
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