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Hell in the Holy LandWorld War I in the Middle East$
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David R. Woodward

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780813123837

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813123837.001.0001

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Land of the Pharaohs

Land of the Pharaohs

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Hell in the Holy Land


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This chapter examines the arrival of British troops in Egypt. The massive flow of troops and equipment to Egypt eventually made that country the greatest British military base outside of Britain and France. The British soldiers were deployed to protect the Suez Canal and those stationed there lived in dread of khamsin, the extremely hot and dust-laden wind that blows from March to April in Egypt. The soldiers were also affected by the grey sand-flies which bite disgustingly and made letter writing at night impossible. The preparation of defenses with nothing but empty desert within sight also produced boredom.

Keywords:   British troops, Egypt, Suez Canal, khamsin, grey sand-flies, desert, boredom

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