World Battlefronts: BATTLE OF EGYPT: Between Two Walls

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Britain's soldiers stood in their classic and indomitable position: with their backs against the wall. West of Suez there was no other place to make a stand. Behind them was Cairo, capital of Egypt; the delta of the Nile, a great plain as large as Vermont, crisscrossed with irrigation canals; Alexandria, last major British naval base in the eastern Mediterranean. All that stood between Rommel and Suez was General Sir Harold (Rupert Leofric George) Alexander's Eighth Army. If it failed, then, in the words of one U.S. Army official last week,...

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