Episode 5.34 — April 28, 2021

Episode 5.34

Congo 1960 – 1965

The story of the first phase of civil wars that would blight Congo. After Belgium gives the Congo independence in 1960, the country falls into chaos, with parts of the country trying to break away. The United States and the Soviet Union back different factions between the war in Congo. A biography of Mobutu who eventually gained total power in the Congo in 1965.

Episode 5.32 Cyprus, Oman and Aden — April 27, 2021

Episode 5.32 Cyprus, Oman and Aden

Cyprus, Oman and Aden

The British Army faces three guerrilla war in the region. In Cyprus EOKA guerrilla launch a terrorist campaign killing British servicemen, in order to obtain union between Cyprus and Greece. A biography of Sir John Harding the British Governor of Cyprus. In Oman British troops fight along side the forces of the sultan of Muscat against pro Nasser guerrillas. In Aden too the British Army fight a terrorist campaign launched by pro Nasser guerrillas.

Episode 5.32 Suez Crisis 10 — April 8, 2021
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  British and French troops are withdrawn from Egypt and replaced by United Nations Peace Keeping force, Canadian Prime Lester Pearson helped plan this, his biography is given.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
Episode 5.26 Suez Crisis 4 — February 23, 2021

Episode 5.26 Suez Crisis 4


The British, French and Israeli Governments work secretly to provoke a military conflict.  The details are worked out at a meeting held in the French town of Sevres.  The Israeli Army would invade the Sinai then the British and French Government would demand that both sides withdraw from the Suez Canal and when the Egyptian Government, the British and French armies would invade the Suez Canal Zone.  A biography of British Foreign Secretary John Selwyn Lloyd.

To be published on Saturday 27th February

John Selwyn Lloyd
Episode 5.35 Suez Crisis 3 — February 17, 2021

Episode 5.35 Suez Crisis 3


In 1956 Egyptian President Nasser announces the Egyptian Government will nationalise the Suez Canal although this was counter to what the Egyptian and British Government had agreed in their 1954 agreement.  There was broad dismay among British Members of Parliament both Conservative and Labour.  British Prime Minister Sir Anthony Eden plans with the French Government to take military action against the Egyptian Government, possible military operations are discussed.  A biography of the French Prime Minister Guy Mollet who along with Eden takes a very hostile position towards Nasser.

To be published on Saturday 20th February

Guy Mollet