Monday 21 March 2016

A Warm Route March

Tuesday 21st March 1916: We have heard that the 1st/5th Battalion, stationed at Mena Camp in the shadow of the Pyramids, went on a route march yesterday towards Cairo and back. On a pleasant spring day in England that would be no chore, but they were on a road that is not far from the desert on either side. The temperature is often around 75 degrees and had get as high as 100 on exceptional occasions. Yesterday was in the low 70s, quite enough to raise a sweat in full kit.

Sources: X550/6/8

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