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January 1963

Canal Zone Emergency

The Suez Canal was built in 1869 linking Egypt and the Sinai Peninsula and therefore removing the need for the hazardous and lengthy journey around the horn of Africa.

Where did it happen?

Why did it happen?

The Suez Canal was constructed through co-operation between France and Egypt. The British Government bought the Egyptian shareholding for £4 million when Egypt found herself in financial difficulties in 1875. During WW1 Britain declared Egypt a protectorate and sent forces to defend the canal, which was vulnerable to attack. It wasn’t until 1936 that Egypt was finally declared an independent state. Britain however, continued to guard the canal until 1956.