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Land of the Pharaohs

DAVID R. WOODWARD

in Hell in the Holy Land

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print April 2006 | ISBN: 9780813123837
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813134963 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813123837.003.0002
Land of the Pharaohs

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This chapter examines the arrival of British troops in Egypt. The massive flow of troops and equipment to Egypt eventually made that country the greatest British military base outside of Britain and France. The British soldiers were deployed to protect the Suez Canal and those stationed there lived in dread of khamsin, the extremely hot and dust-laden wind that blows from March to April in Egypt. The soldiers were also affected by the grey sand-flies which bite disgustingly and made letter writing at night impossible. The preparation of defenses with nothing but empty desert within sight also produced boredom.

Keywords: British troops; Egypt; Suez Canal; khamsin; grey sand-flies; desert; boredom

Chapter.  7569 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Military History

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