This web site is intended to bring together in one place links to web sites about the experiences of
British Service families and servicemen and women in the Suez Canal Zone in the turbulent
1950s

Background
Under a Treaty signed in 1936 the British maintained a military presence in Egypt, in order to protect the Suez Canal, which was a vital route
to the Far East for Britain. Due to Nationalist action in the mid Forties the British troops withdrew to areas adjacent to the Suez Canal,
setting up encampments and airfields the length of the canal. In October 1951, after the Egyptian government abrogated the
1936 Treaty, mobs attacked British families and their homes in Ismailia. There followed several years of violence, with many deaths and injuries, until British troops finally left the Suez Canal Zone in 1955.

If you have any experiences you would like to share with others, or know of any web sites not listed, please contact me.

Britain's Small Wars
Background and many personal stories of life in the Suez Canal Zone,
as well as many other conflicts in which British military forces have been involved since 194
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The Boon Family
LIfe in the Canal Zone from the perspective of a teenager

Memories of James Hill, Grenadier Guards

'Bill's' web site about service life in the Canal Zone

Bill Hawkesford's Army memoirs
From boyhood to demob

Charlie Delta's wide-ranging collection of material about the Canal Zone

The Joint Air Photographic Intelligence Centre (Middle East)
From the viewpoint of the airmen who served with JAPIC (ME)

BBC News 20 November 1951

Wikipedia
The history of the Suez Canal

A 'fifty years on' look by the newspaper Al Ahram
From the Egyptian perspective

Suez Veterans Association

White Knees, Brown Knees
A fascinating book by Douglas Findlay of life, from the funny to the horrific, at RAF Deversoir
and in the wider Suez Canal Zone, in the early 1950s.


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