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50th Anniversary of the Suez Crisis


50th Anniversary of the Suez Crisis

This year is the 50th anniversary of the Suez crisis. And to mark the moment that Egypt's president Gamal Abdel Nasser nationalised the Suez canal and sparked an Anglo-French-Israeli invasion, the Today team will be broadcasting a special programme from Alexandria.

El Tanbura, the "voice of the resistance" give a concert at Port Said to mark the Suez anniversary.
Sir Peter Wakefield insists Downing Street was warned a refusal to fund Nasser's Aswam High Dam might bring trouble during the Suez crisis.
We speak to Giovanni Polli, a Suez Veteran , who stormed the region 50 years ago.
The Suez crisis was a hugely traumatic event for British politics, but what sort of an impact did it have in France?
Our special report from Washington on the American role in the Suez Crisis - 50 years ago this month.
The 50th anniversary commemoration of the Suez conflict. Mike Thomson reports.
See the Suez photograph gallery

VIEW THE GALLERY OF PHOTOGRAPHS kindly sent to us by Suez veterans.

Suez: End of empire

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Suez veterans

Pictures of other Suez veterans
Suez transformed British foreign policy, Arab Nationalism and Middle East politics and we'll be exploring all these issues and speaking to some of those involved at the time.

We asked for your thoughts and memories too. Did you serve in 1956? Were you involved in public policy or did you have relevant photos or even audio material from that year? Or did you simply have a view as to what impact Suez had?

Here are some of the emails we received

We also asked a number of Suez veterans to write accounts of their experiences during the Suez crisis:

Colin Ireland

Barrie Harris

Brian Clark

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