Finally, sometime in the middle of December, we were loaded onto transport ships and away we went to Italy.
Our teachers were recruited from the camp population and they did the best they could to put some wisdom into our heads.
12th Podolski Lancers Regimental Badge.
We formed a small group of young boys and girls and did the things that teenagers do: we played volley ball, went to Tehran to the movies together and went for walks and so on.
Our new stop was a large British encampment in Quassassin, near the town of Ismaila. There I took the opportunity to visit the pyramids.
The name Podolski is from the Podole region in Poland, where the Regiment was stationed before the war. I was very glad that I was assigned to the lancers regiment. Throughout the history of Poland the cavalry was the pride of the army.
Tehran 1942 Civilian Camp. L - R Halina Szafranska, Marysia Wawrzynowicz, Romuald Lipinski.
During that time we had the opportunity to go to Jerusalem, Bethlehem and other places known to us from the Bible. In recognition of our odyssey, the Church considered us to be pilgrims and we were given the right to receive the Silver Cross of Jerusalem (for £3.00). We were supposed to be in high school for five months. But soon after we started our classes, the orders were changed. After six weeks we were sent to our regiments and with some British troops we participated in big exercises that lasted two weeks.
British Encampment in Quassassin.
Embarking for journey from Egypt to Italy.
Tehran 1942. L - R Irka Szmidtowna, Romuald Lipinski, in background Irka Jozwinowna & the Polish teacher.
The Egyptian Pyramids.
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