When, in 1956, the new Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser nationalised the Suez Canal, Britain and France were outraged. The two European powerhouses had been running the lucrative waterway for decades and were reluctant to give it up without a fight. In a clandestine plot, Britain and France planned an invasion to take back control of the canal, but after a severe rebuking from the UN they left empty-handed. Tony Robinson tells the story of this forgotten war through the eyes of the fighters who had their victory snatched away by politicians, in the heat of the Egyptian deserts.
Britain’s Forgotten Wars with Tony Robinson: Suez: The Line in the Sand – Saturday 8pm on Channel 4