Aden: The Last Base

Britain's Aden Colony consists of 75 sq. mi. of bleak volcanic rock at the southwestern tip of the Arabian peninsula. Though hot as hell's hinges, Aden is a prosperous city of some 300,000; its port, one of the world's busiest, has virtually the only good harbor on the 3,400-mile sea haul from Suez to India. Aden is also headquarters for the 40,000 troops of Britain's Middle East Command who stand guard over the Persian Gulf. In the setting sun of empire, Britain has been shoved out of bases from Egypt to Iraq, and...

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