New Zealand Medical Services in Middle East and Italy
For a week or so in September most of the troops had a spell at Burg el Arab on the sea coast. Swimming was a popular pastime, while brigade bands and the Kiwi Concert Party entertained and YMCA canteens and Naafi stores were open. Short leave of a few days in Cairo or Alexandria was granted to a percentage of men from each unit. All this helped to set them up again, and a month's training in the desert followed to prepare for the coming offensive at Alamein.