Apparently New Zealand troops were involved in the battle of el Alamein which turned out to be a critical battle in WWII. They took part in a place called Alam el Halfa in Egypt.
The word el in Arab is like the English the and Maori te an important little word but never mind that. Us Westerners don’t have to worry about such distinctions as Arabic is the language of little brown people with a miserable religion sitting on top of our oil ( I really had a conversation with a kiwi lady who actually thought it was our oil which those nasty Muslims were holding on too, amazing).
Since that was one claim to battle field fame for New Zealand it should come as no surprise the training exercise to be held with our newly refound friends the US military is called the mangled Arab name Alam Halfa as the enemy du jour is and has been for the last 11 years the entire Muslim world.
What got me was the area the exercise was going to take place. The Central Northern plateau which has a road crossing it called the Desert road. I just thought I’d put a couple of pictures here and let you decide where they were made.
Here’s a hint; only 1 photo is from a Iranian desert. Do you think they choose their practice area for a reason?