In some camps, these tents were used as makeshift canteens by the YMCA secretaries. The YMCA huts followed the advance of troops. By 1916, there were thirty YMCA centers by the canal and in the Sinai. Though the proprietors of these canteens considered their work a public service and their prices very reasonable given the circumstances, the men often complained bitterly about the cost of extra food. Whatever the prices, the huts were popular, and the men valued the writing tables, free stationary and wholesome entertainment. Australian troops were located here as part of the Sinai campaign, which was fought against Turkish forces operating from Palestine over security of the Suez Canal. This slide is part of a series depicting Australian Y.M.C.A. war work during World War I.
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