Suez Canal Zone | National Army Museum

British presence

The Suez Canal was an economically and strategically vital route for both Middle Eastern oil and trade with the Far East. Britain maintained a military presence in Egypt to protect the canal under the terms of a treaty signed in 1936.

However, Egyptian nationalists resented the British presence in their country. As early as 1945, riots had broken out and the first British soldier was killed there.

1951 hunt for snipers

Withdrawing from the cities, British forces concentrated in the area immediately adjacent to the canal, known as ‘the Canal Zone’. 

Then, in October 1951, the Egyptian government increased pressure on the British and repealed the 1936 treaty.

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A building damaged during civil unrest in the Canal Zone, October 1951
Photograph, Egypt (1945-1956), 1951.
Between 1945 and 1956, British soldiers garrisoned bases on the Suez Canal in Egypt. Egyptian nationalists resented the British military presence in their country. Anti-British riots frequently broke out in the Canal Zone and Egyptian paramilitaries launched attacks on military personnel stationed there.
From collection of 27 photographs collected by Pte David Hunt, 3rd Bn Parachute Regiment, whilst serving in Egypt during the civil unrest, 1951-

see nothing much changes,the faces,personalities cities and armies just change that’s all!

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