In the white stucco British army grocery store in Ismailia, 43 British wives and their children were shopping unusually early. "I thought if there was to be trouble, it would be at a respectable hour," said Mrs. Stella Townsend, the wife of a Royal Signal Corps officer. Others had made the same surmise. Mrs. Townsend queued up patiently as the clerk served a neighbor with sausages, biscuits and a packet of sticky gumdrops. A score of British moppets wrestled happily on the floor. Suddenly there were angry shouts in the square outside....

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