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Re(7): Concentration Camp Cyprus
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An e mail sent to Goeff Pycroft from Malcolm Mac Donald Geoff, we returned from Cyprus a few days ago. We hadnít been back there since about 2007 and things have totally changed. We spent some days at Coral Bay, which used to be our rest camp and a place where we would go to swim if we werenít doing some task. Coral Bay as the vets from Polemi Camp know is just north of Paphos. From being a totally deserted place back in 1957 is now full of hotels and up-market housing. I wish that I had bought a plot of land there back in -57 as it would have been worth a fortune today. I can still recommend it for a holiday. One day I drove up to Polis on the north-west coast to see the old place again. We were stationed just up the road from there at Limni, that was from the autumn of 1957 until Febuary of 1958. I often visited the town after midnight when I was on duty. The last time I was there I didnít need a map to get around but now I did as the expansion of the area is, like other places extensive, and I needed a navigator. We had also discussed the detention centre called by the Greeks Ė The Polemi Concentration Camp, where the Greek suspects were subject to ill treatment. It is built adjoining the Polemi Camp and is not very big. It was built after the LFs left the area and I believe that it was run by the Argylles who took over after us. The Jocks treated their prisoners with extreme harshness. Between the so called Concentration Camp and Polemi Camp is a large winery. This is partly built on the area where our sh.. house was Ė which if the hole is connected with a pump can give the wine a picant taste. Stroumpi is very much bigger than we remember it. We stopped to drink coffee there. The roads are excellent, thanks to EU contributions. I didnít get to Nicosia to visit Kermia, which may be in the Turkish zone (anyone know?). Limassol is overrun by Russians and so is the Island which obviously gets a lot of dirty money.
The photos are from Coral Bay and The Concentration Camp -ie Detention Cenre.
Malcolm MacDonald

There are two more photos on the Cyprus page see link below

Cyprus Page

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