LaPine, Oregon was selected as our bivouac area. It is a tiny village on the border of the High Desert and within sight of the snowcapped Three Sisters and Batchelor Mountains of the Cascade Range. Who will ever forget those hot days, heavy with the fresh Scent of pine, icy cold nights typical of the desert country, swimming in the cold Deschutes River winding its way from the snowy mountain tops to the Columbia River, and sun baths along its grassy banks? There was work, too. Cutting, trimming, and hauling logs for telephone and communication poles from the pine forests around our bivouac area. These poles were hauled all over the Oregon Maneuver Area, some trips requiring three days traveling time. Roads were constructed through the hot, dusty desert. Officers and men were granted passes to Bend, Oregon. One can never forget those delicious T-bone steaks, tasty baking, and the lack of beer.
The Regia Marina (Italian Royal Navy) maintained the Red Sea Flotilla at Massawa in Eritrea on the Red Sea. The port was a link between Axis-occupied Europe and the naval facilities in the Italian concession zone in Tientsin in China.  There were also limited port facilities at Assab , in Eritrea and at Mogadishu in Italian Somaliland. The flotilla had seven fleet destroyers , Leone-class destroyers Pantera , Leone and Tigre in the 5th Destroyer Division and the Sauro-class destroyers Cesare Battisti , Francesco Nullo , Nazario Sauro and Daniele Manin in the 3rd Destroyer Division. The flotilla also had two local defence destroyers, the Orsini and Acerbi , a squadron of five Motoscafo Armato Silurante (MAS, motor torpedo boats ) and eight submarines ( Archimede , Ferraris , Galilei , Torricelli , Galvani , Guglielmotto , Macalle and Perla ).  When the Mediterranean route was closed to Allied merchant ships in April 1940, Allied convoys had to sail via the Cape and up the east coast of Africa, past the Italian naval bases to Suez. As Italian fuel supplies in Massawa dwindled, opportunities for the Red Sea Flotilla to attack Allied shipping declined.