Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Arrival in Egypt

One hundred years ago this week the Australians and New Zealanders of the first convoy arrived in Egypt after their long journey by sea.

British and Indian troops already garrisoned the Suez area, so the ANZACs were not required to do that task here. The ANZACs  were supposed to go on to England to train and organise before heading to the fighting in France. However, the allocated accommodation in England had been virtually washed away by torrential downpours, so it was decided to waylay the  force in Egypt until conditions improved in England.  This news was received with bitter disappointment.