Episode 5.32 Suez Crisis 10 — April 8, 2021

Episode 5.32 Suez Crisis 10

Nasser reputation grows as a result of the Suez Crisis but he introduces more repressive measures in Egypt. The British and French Empire come to an end as a result of the growing anti Imperialist movement in Africa and the West Indies. A biograph of the new British Prime Minister Harold Mac Millian

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  British and French troops are withdrawn from Egypt and replaced by United Nations Peace Keeping force, Canadian Prime Lester Pearson helped plan this, his biography is given.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
Episode 5.24 Suez Crisis 2 — February 8, 2021

Episode 5.24 Suez Crisis 2


After the overthrow of Egyptian King Fakour, Nasser emerges as the most important member of the new Egyptian Government, his biography is given.  While at first the American Government tried to establish friendly relations with Nasser, he increasingly becomes allied with the Soviet Union, who supply Egypt with weapons.  In 1954 the British and Egyptian Governments reaches an agreement for the British military to leave the Suez Canal Zone.  Nasser aids Palestine guerrillas in making raids into Israel and the Israeli army undertake counter raids into Egypt.

To be published by Saturday 13th February



Episode 5.23 Suez Crisis 1 — February 1, 2021

Episode 5.23 Suez Crisis 1

The Suez Canal

The Suez Canal opened in 1869, providing a quicker route for shipping from Europe to Asia, this was of especial use to Britain, whose Government brought shares in the Suez Canal Company and latter occupied Egypt.  After the Second World War, Britain retained a large military garrison in Suez Zone.  King Fakour of Egypt organised a nationalist campaign to force the British out of the Canal Zone, leading to fighting between British troops and Egyptian Police.  A biography of Sir Anthony Eden who was the British Prime Minister in 1956.

To be published on Saturday 6th February

Sir Anthony Eden