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UNEF - Introduction
El Arish / Marina
Sharm El Sheik
GAZA STRIP - UNEF
Rafah was a former British Army WW2 and post-WW2 base. It became headquarters for all Canadian UNEF Units (except RCAF) including:
Following Rafah photographs courtesy of National Defence Image Library, Canadian Forces Joint Imagery Centre (click on photos below to see larger image):
Photographs of the 56th Canadian Transportation Company camp at Rafah. Photographs courtesy of Gord Jenkins.
Rafah photos, circa 1967, courtesy of Garry Harding:
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Bob Fraser - served from November 2nd 1958 to November 1959 with UNEF 1 at Camp Rafah with 56 Canadian Transport Company RCASC. Bob enjoyed his time driving deuce and a half UNEF 937 on the most interesting trips across the Sinai to Sharm El Sheikh with troops and with supplies; and trips to Cairo,Ismailia, Jerusalem and to the airport in Beiruit to pick tents etc. that had been stored there. Following photos are courtesy of Bob.
First of the following photos was taken when Bob was exiting the main gate at Rafah when his friend Jan was on duty with the Swedish Guard at the gate - one of the other Swedes took the picture for Bob. Second and third photos are of Bob's friend Erickson of the Swedish Battalion on duty at Rafah.
Sharm el Sheik convey (place pointer over picture for descriptions).
Photo of North Star 08 taken by Bob at Athens just before departing Athens:
Tour through Israel to Jerusalem:
Additional 1958/59 photos from Bob Fraser and two from 2012:
Robert Ashton - I served with the Fort Garry Horse, Recce Sqn from February, 1960 to February, 1961. Our primary task was patrolling a section of the border between Egypt and Israel. We would spend two weeks at one of the two outposts and then one week in our main camp in Camp Rafah. Like others we arrived at El Arish, after a two day trip, in a noisy RCAF North Star and then a transfer to Rafah. I took many trips to El Arish, as a member of the FGH's ball team to play the RCAF and to pick up some of our members coming back after a leave. One trip consisted of a night drive from El Arish to Rafah after a late plane and our unknowing that between the two was an Egyptian Armoured division, a road barrier and a very young and nervous Egyptian guard with a very big rifle. But, that's another story. One of our tasks during our week in main camp was guard duty of our area. Part of that duty, if required, was to drive a civilian worker home if he worked late. Civilian workers were not allowed to buy anything at the UN stores and take items homes. They were inspected as we went through the main gate. We were not. The guards would never quiz us as to why we might be wearing what seemed like oversized jackets and looking rather fat. Of course, we thought it perfectly allright to help the workers smuggle out food and other items to help their families. We saw where and how they lived.
Rafah photographs courtesy of Robert Ashton: 1) Robert Ashton driving somewhere in Rafah. 2) Robert Ashton with colleague and Egyptian soldiers. 3) Main camp. and 4) RCOC float in Rafah.
Garry Harding at Rafah:
Gaza and surrounding area photos courtesy of Garry Harding:
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