4 Section, D Company, 2/17th Battalion
El Alamein, Egypt, 1942.
This is another of the great images that I received yesterday taken by my Grandfather at Alamein. The men shown are members of 4 section, D Company of the 2/17th Battalion.
If you look closely in the sand you can see the dugouts, or doovers, that the men lived in. Effectively they were a hole in the ground where you could supposedly be safe from enemy fire. Australians would go to great lengths to make their doovers comfortable earning a reputation as amazing scroungers.
The soldier skylarking in the German M35 steel helmet is NX60184 Cpl. Mervyn R. Lee.
image from author's personal collection.