EGYPT: Moment of Victory

"Oh, compatriots, this is the moment of a lifetime," cried Gamal Abdel Nasser. After more than 2,000 years, Egypt was free of foreign occupiers for the first time since the Persians marched in in 525 B.C. Emotionally, Soldier Nasser kissed the green Egyptian flag, raised it with his own hands atop Port Said's Navy House, last headquarters of the once-mighty British naval base in Suez. The British, naturally reluctant to officiate at their own funeral, had quietly withdrawn their last troops before the evacuation deadline, but Gamal Abdel Nasser was undeterred in his triumph. Cried he: "This generation of Egyptian...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!