Robert C. Daniels

Author / Adjunct History Professor

Author of: 

- 1220 Days: the story of U.S. Marine Edmond Babler and his experiences in Japanese Prisoner of War Camps during World War II

- World War II in Mid-America:  Experiences from rural Mid-American during the Second World War 

- Several published military history articles at


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About 1220 Days

About World War II in Mid-America

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About Touring the Black Hawk War

Exploring Norfolk Cemeteries Project


Articles within this website:

Read Interviews

Ed Gein:  the Cannibal Myth Exposed

Ardin Biggerstaff's Black Hawk War Diary


The following are licensed as for free use under Creative Commons (CC BY 4.0)

The Birth and Rise of Christianity (CC BY 4.0)

Ancient World Civilization Timelines (CC BY 4.0)

Ancient Adena, Hopewell, and Fort Ancient Ohio Mounds (CC BY 4.0)

Aztalan State Park Mounds (CC BY 4.0)

My Egyptian Pyramid Pictures (CC BY 4.0)

My Stonehenge Pictures (CC BY 4.0)

Italy:  Rome, Pisa,  Vesuvius, Pompeii Pictures (CC BY 4.0)

Israel Pictures (CC BY 4.0) 

American Civil War Battle-Sites and Other Pictures (CC BY 4.0)

Additional American Civil War Battle-Sties and Other Pictures (BY 4.0)

Local (Tidewater, VA) Historical Selfie Tour (CC BY 40)


Read Some of My Published Articles:

The 1712 to 1736 Fox Wars

World War II Veteran Interview

Hell Ship - From the Philippines to Japan

Interview of a WWII Veteran

The Failures at Spion Kop

The Quality of the Combatants in the Black Hawk War

The Muslim Horde's Easy Invasion of Iberia

MacArthur's Failures in the Philippines

Failures of Democracy Led to the Rise of Communism during the Spanish Civil War

Hitler, Germany's Worst General



Egyptian Pyramid of Cheops and Sphynx Pictures


These pictures were taken by Robert Daniels in 1977 during deployment onboard the USS Saratoga (CV-60), a U.S. Navy Aircraft Carrier.


(Egyptian Pyramid of Cheops and Sphynx Pictures Article by Robert Daniels is licensed under CC BY 4.0.)




During a 1977 Mediterranean Deployment (we called it a cruise), as a crewmember of the aircraft carrier USS Saratoga (CV-60), I was enthralled to be able to visit Cairo, Egypt, and the Great Pyramid of Khufu/Cheops (Khufu being the Egyptian name of the King who had it constructed and Cheops being the Greek name for Khufu) - also known as the Great Pyramid of Giza - complex, including the Sphynx.  The pyramid complex is located just outside of Cairo on the Giza Plateau.  

The largest known pyramid in the world, the Khufu/Cheops/Giza pyramid was constructed around 2600 B.C.E. - the Sphynx is much older, but it is still not known when, why, or by whom it was built.

While at the site I not only was able to actually tour the inside of the Khufu/Cheops pyramid, I also had my picture taken on a camel (it would actually run off with me on it – the owner was not happy about it, erroneously believing that I “took” his camel) and riding horseback in the desert area west of the pyramids.

Here are some of the pictures I and others with me took of our adventure.  They have been scanned in from a photo album, hence they are a bit old and not always particularly as clear as I would want them to be, but still, I believe you may find them of interest.





  The above pictures are different angles of the Pyramid of Khufu/Cheops and some of the other smaller pyramids nearby.



A closer view of the Khufu/Cheops pyramid, including the entrance and me (in the stripped shirt).  Touring the inside was the high-light of my entire trip.

Notice the size of the stone blocks.




The Sphynx is near the base of the pyramid complex.




At the time of my visit, we could pay a $1 to have our picture taken on a live camel.  After the picture was taken, the camel took off with me on it.  It is hard to see in the picture, but the reins were hanging down in front of the camel, and I am holding onto the saddle for all I am worth trying to keep from falling off.  The person to the left of the camel is the owner running after me yelling that I should bring his camel back.



 My companions riding horses by the pyramid complex (I took these two picture from horseback behind my friends).

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