Episode 5.31 Suez Crisis 9 — March 29, 2021

Episode 5.31 Suez Crisis 9


After the American Government causes a run on the Pound in the international money markets, Sir Anthony Eden agrees to a cease fire along Suez Canal.  British and French troops are withdrawn from Egypt and replaced by United Nations Peace Keeping force, Canadian Prime Lester Pearson helped plan this, his biography is given.  As a result of the Suez Crisis, Britain and France lose influence in the region.  Sir Anthony Eden is forced to resign as British Prime Minister.

To be published on Saturday 3rd April

Lester Pearson
Episode 5.30 Suez Crisis 8 — March 25, 2021

Episode 5.30 Suez Crisis 8

The Anglo – French Invasion of Port Said

British and French para-troops are landed around the Egyptian City of Port Said at the northern end of the Suez Canal.  The next day British Royal Marines are also landed on the seafront of the City.  This is the first time helicopters are used in a seaborne invasion.  While the Egyptian troops put up a strong defence the British and French troops gain control of most of the City.  A biography of the deputy commander of the task force French General Beaufre.  While British troops advance down the causeway to the mainland, Prime Minister Anthony Eden declares a cease fire.

To be published on Saturday 27th March

General Beaufre


Episode 5.29 Suez Crisis 7 — March 15, 2021

Episode 5.29 Suez Crisis 7

Anglo – French Air Campaign

The Egyptian Government rejects the demands from the British and French Governments to withdrew Egyptian troops away from the Suez Canal Zone.  The French and Royal Air Force begin an air campaign against the Egyptian Armed Forces, destroying the Egyptian Air Force in the process.  A biography of the commander of the Anglo – French Task Force, General Stockwell.

To be published on Saturday 20th March

General Stockwell




Episode 5.28 Suez Crisis — March 8, 2021

Episode 5.28 Suez Crisis

Second Arab – Israeli War

As part of the agreement between the British, French and Israeli Governments, the Israeli Army invades the Sinai and Gaza, para-troops are dropped into the Western Sinai to provoke the agreed Anglo – French demands that both Egypt and Israel put back from the Suez Canal Zone.  A biography of Ariel Sharron, the Israeli para-troop commander.  The Israeli Army wins control of the Sinai and Gaza defeating the Egyptian Army which withdraws from the Sinai.

To be published on Saturday 13th March

Ariel Sharron

Episode 5.27 Suez Crisis 5 — March 1, 2021

Episode 5.27 Suez Crisis 5

Britain – A Nation Divided

As the Suez Crisis after months of tension comes to a head, the British public are sharply divided both for and against military action.  The British Labour Party speak in opposition to any such action, a biography of its leader Hugh Gatiskell is given.  the Prime Minister Sir Anthony Eden goes on the television to defend the action part of the speech is included.

To be published on Saturday 6th March

Hugh Gaitskell