FAR AWAY BUT CLOSE TO HOME - VETERANS STORIES 2
Squadron : A group of ships or aircraft. A group of soldiers is sometimes called a squad.
Depot : A place for keeping supplies. A deposit in a bank is your supply of money.
The squadron we were joining was in Beirut in Lebanon. They couldnt put us on the train at once. I think we spent about two nights in Cairo, then we went by train to Haifa. We got picked up by car and taken to Beirut. The submarine squadron at Beirut had been based in Egypt, but the Germans were pressing in towards Egypt. There was a depot ship called Medway in Egypt. They moved the depot ship and all the submarine squadron up to Beirut. As soon as the depot ship left harbour it got torpedoed by German submarines and sank. Our submarines made it safely. So we had submarines, and needed a base. We took over the port of Beirut as a submarine base. That was very exhausting.
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