Ailsa's travel photo challenge: Mystical & Mysterious

Ailsa has posted some photos of misty, mysterious and mystical forests that stopped her in her tracks:  She succumbed to the temptation to capture a scene that can’t quite be explained, as did the man behind the camera in Fort Capuzzo, below.

In 1940, when Libya was still an Italian colony,  this frontier fort on the Libyan-Egyptian border was bombarded into the pitiful state you see in the photo below. In 1940 and 1941, Fort Capuzzo changed hands seven times back and forth between the allied and axis forces, finally falling to New Zealand troops who captured it for the last time in November 1941.

In the little grotto, a statue of Mary survived the beatings.  Whether the photographer was Catholic or not, he evidently found her survival mysterious, hard to explain.  So do I.

Fort Capuzzo, Italian Libya, 1941

5 Replies to “Ailsa's travel photo challenge: Mystical & Mysterious”

  1. Thanks for pointing me to the diary – it’s very interesting to read someone else’s account of this part of the war. I’ve looked at most of the war photos on your blog. It’s good to see some that are quite different from mine, and also some that are similar but taken from a different angle. Thanks for posting them.

  2. Glad you like them. I have heaps more to come as it looks like he heads from North Africa to Italy in he middle of 1943. I haven’t read the diary in advance so I only learn a few days before posting what happens next 🙂

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