Mobilization Camp, El Tahag, Egypt

distant guns rumbling
new recruits hiding fears of
rendezvous with death

Mobilization Camp, El Tahag, Egypt | November 1, 1942

Rendezvous With Death

Our first day at El Tahag Mobilization Camp, we worried about the ongoing Battle of El Alamein. John Barhydt is reading about it in The Egyptian Mail. Charlie Pierce (holding the magazine) later became an officer of our C Platoon. Dick Stockton, facing the camera with a worried look, was later killed in action. We didn’t know then that this battle would be a victory for Montgomery’s Eighth Army and a turning point for the Allies.

Fragments of Peace in a World at War