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Al Alamein Museum

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I was lately with our club members at "Al Alamein Military museum and the "commonwealth" cemetery.
We have taken some nice photos which I think might make a nice feature.
I realize these are a lot of photos but they are of great value to all modellers. Please feel free to select some or all.

Here are the details:
On Monday the 20th of July 2015, me and some of our "Egyptian scale modellers Club" members were on Holidays close to Al Alamein area that witnessed a lot of action during the WWII and where the "Battle of Alamein" took place.
We decided to go for a visit to "Al Alamein Military Museum" which was lately renovated and we came out with some nice photos that we wanted to share with you.
It was indeed very impressive to see the actual tanks, trucks and guns that were recovered from the desert and witnessed the real war action.
Some of the vehicles were recovered with complete stowage and tools which are displayed inside the Museum Halls.

Some comments to add on the photos:
Photo001: On the coastline highway a tanks is pointing towards the museum location
Photo002 to 071: The external exhibits of the museum
Starting Photo072: the internal exhibits
Photo 075: some milk cans recovered from a Ford truck found intact in the desert
Photo 083: Some scale models are shown in the museum, some of them received as gifts from Egyptian scale modellers
Photo 091: A German officer lighting his cigarette using a lens in the desert 50 degree C temperature
Photo109: A painting of my Great Grand Father "Mahmoud Fahmi", minister of defense during the war time
Photo 117-118: The original belongings of "Rommel" including cap & eye protection
Photo 122: German device for distance estimation
Photo 135: decoy tanks laid by British troops
Photo 140: Entrance to the commonwealth cemetery
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About the Author

About Hussein El Kaissy (helkaissy)
FROM: AL QAHIRAH, EGYPT / لعربية

37 years old Egyptian Engineer, I have started modeling since 2013 and got totally hooked to it. My background as a painter helped me a lot to progress in the hobby. My focus is usually on modern armor and Dioramas mainly in Egypt and the Arab region.


Comments

That would be great Hisham. let us make it together one day. I would like to visit it again
JUL 22, 2015 - 10:21 PM
Wow, I did not know there was a museum, as I don't recall ever seeing it mentioned in any documentaries about the battle. Thanks, Hussein, for doing this feature. More 88s there than I've ever seen in one place before!
JUL 22, 2015 - 11:48 PM
The best thing Bill is that these are the actual units that saw action during the war they were all recovered from the Alamain desert, you can see on many of them the bullet holes and you can imagine how it must have been to be inside these tank in the hard 50 degree weather, life in the Desert was harsh. The abandoned ford truck was found with all its stowage intact, milk, water, ammunition...etc and the amazing thing they wrote in the museum that when tried to run the engine it actually run. There are lots of interesting stories there.
JUL 23, 2015 - 12:47 AM
Thanks for sharing, Hussein. If I ever get back to Cairo, you, Hisham and I can have lunch at Casino des Pigeons along the Nile (if it's still there, haha!) and then trek out to Alamein.
JUL 23, 2015 - 03:03 AM
Can you please help me to identify the vehicle on photo 2? I'm trying to find out since I was there, nearly 20 years ago. Thanks, Gabor
AUG 09, 2015 - 03:11 AM
If you're moving L>R, photo2 is an M3 'Stuart' (sometimes called the 'Honey')
AUG 09, 2015 - 04:10 AM
Fascinating photos, thank you!
AUG 09, 2015 - 04:16 AM
Dave, you must be right with the turret. But please check the hull and running gear once more - isn't that a Universal Carrier?
AUG 09, 2015 - 06:04 AM
Ghajas - I see what you mean! Looks like they had a spare hull and turret and decided to put them together!
AUG 09, 2015 - 06:13 AM
And I'm interested if there was anything similar existing - as a vehicle or at least as a mock-up during WW2. If yes, then I'm happy to have seen such unusual part of history.
AUG 09, 2015 - 02:36 PM
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