The 1956 Suez Crisis and the end of the British Empire

After World War 2, Britain was faced with growing demand for the removal of British troops from Egypt. But in 1946 there were, in fact, still over 100,000 British troops in the country. Their presence was bitterly resented. As far as the British were concerned, the military bases in the Canal Zone were of vital […]

Suez Canal: 5 Swift Facts

1. Naploeon intended to build the Suez Canal After conquering Egypt in 1798, Napoleon Bonaparte sent a team of surveyors to investigate the possibility of building the canal from the Red Sea to the Mediterranean. But his scouts incorrectly concluded that the Red Sea was at least 33 feet higher than the Mediterranean and any […]