Israeli troops preparing for combat in the Sin...

Israeli troops preparing for combat in the Sinai peninsula during the Suez Crisis. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Israeli paratroops began their invasion of the Sinai  – the initial moves in what would later become known as the Suez CrisisEgyptian nationalisation of the Suez Canal that summer had made Egyptian leader Gamal Nasser public enemy number one in the eyes of Britain and France.  Their secret deal with Israel agreed at Sevres near Paris provided for an initial Israeli invasion of the Sinai, followed by joint Anglo-French landings to capture the Canal Zone.

On this day in 1956

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