The ATS in Cairo

Discussion in 'The Women of WW2' started by susan davis, Apr 24, 2013.

  1. susan davis

    susan davis Member

    Hello, I have just come across this site and am wondering if you can help me and my mum. She was in Cairo, in the ATS, between 1941 and 1943, stationed at Kasr Nil Barracks which is now the site of the Nile Hilton. We have been going through many of her old photos and memorabilia (yes she is still alive at 93)! and we have also heard mention of the "English Bridge". This was also known as Pont de Anglaise, Kobr Al Gala'a and Kobri Badi'a who was a lady who taught belly dancing on the other bank of the Nile. My Mums problem is that she cannot remember this bridge at all. We have downloaded photos of it from "Sounds like wish" site but she does not recognise the buildings on the far side. So, is there anyone who can give us some more information on this bridge. ie where it is in relation to Tahir Square or is it nearer Maadi or has it disappeared altogether. Basically any news or information would be brilliant also if there is anybody out there that was in Cairo at the same time it would be wonderful to hear from you. Mum has been back to Cairo, as have I, many times and we find something new every time. It is wonderful. Thank you for your help Susan.
     
  2. RemeDesertRat

    RemeDesertRat Very Senior Member

    If the link works you should see a google map of cairo with WW2 era landmarks marked on it, including the English Bridge. http://goo.gl/maps/6ZjiC
    I have a 1943 map of cairo I can post if you wish.

    Forgot to add, the bridge has been renamed and is now called El-Galaa bridge. It might even have been rebuilt and be completely different to the bridge your mum remembers, but it is atill in same location I think.
     
  3. RemeDesertRat

    RemeDesertRat Very Senior Member

  4. susan davis

    susan davis Member

    Thank you so much for that, it was very kind of you. My mum only recently lost a lot of her possessions (she was flooded out of her bungalow in last Junes floods) so the photos and memories that she has still got are very important to her. If you or anyone else have any other memories that she might be able to share, I would be most appreciate (She says she never went to see the belly dancer, it was off limits)! Susan
     
  5. susan davis

    susan davis Member

    Have just received the detailed map, thank you. When I printed it off I needed a magnifying glass! My mum has that very same book for the troops but that map is not in it, so she will spend many a happy hour looking at it and remembering. Thank you
     
  6. RemeDesertRat

    RemeDesertRat Very Senior Member

    Glad to be of help. The maps from a 1943 edition, when the middle east base was at its largest, which is why it has the most detailed map.
     

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