#5 My First Screenplay: Research: The Forgotten Army

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Later in act two Eddie Carter gets shipped of to Egypt to protect British interests  in the Suez Canal. What follows in my post is some background to this crisis.

Thousands of British conscripts were sent to Egypt to defend the Suez Canal in the wake of rising Egyptian nationalism. Poorly trained and under-equipped, they faced a brutal and bloody situation, protecting British interests in a conflict they wanted no part of.

In October 1951 a tense stand-off between the British and Egyptian governments broke down over the number of UK troops stationed in the country. In response, the British government mobilised 60,000 troops in 10 days, in what was described as the biggest airlift of troops since World War 2.

It was the beginning of the end of Western control of the Suez Canal and the start of the three-year Suez Emergency, which has been described as a “forgotten war fought by a forgotten army”. During the period from 1951 to 1956 there were 450 British military fatalities in the zone.

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