Desert brewup

A brew up at the Arab Legion Post at Kuntilla in the Sinai. Photo: Bill Greenfield, RASC.

Brew-up! Brew-up!
Stop and dig some sand.
Fill up half a petrol tin
And sprinkle in some spirit
From your can.
Take another petrol tin,
Tip some water in it,
Strike a match and light your fire
And in another minute
You can make a cup of tea
For all your crew to drink.

Thus did half-a-million men
Make their daily brew,
From Daba back to Alamein,
From Fuka to Matruh,
In the good old days,
In the good old ways
All we Desert Rats knew.

'Brew-up', CPS Denholm Young,