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Pyramids and Fleshpots: The Egyptian,…

Pyramids and Fleshpots: The Egyptian, Senussi and Eastern Mediterranean…

by Stuart Hadaway

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An excellent, and very readable, account of an important and overlooked campaign.
I often find ground battles hard to follow. Whilst not perfect, Hadaway recounts the major battles of the campaign with concise clarity. Furthermore, he covers the essential behind the scenes story without getting too bogged down in politics.
There are nine useful and informative Appendices, a Glossary, Bibliography/Sources and Index.
A number of essential, and good, maps and a basic selection of photographs.
A valuable addition to any WW1 library.
I hope there will be a follow on volume covering the Palestine and Damascus campaigns 1917-1918. Actually, there will be two volumes. ( )
  JenIanB | Jul 11, 2015 |
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Personnel serving in Egypt in World War I often complained that the popular impression of the campaigns, still widely held, was that it was a sideshow, with troops enjoying a holiday among the pyramids and the "fleshpots" of Cairo. Actually they faced appalling heat, abrasive sand, poor rations, and water shortages. In the desolation of the Western Desert they fought the Senussi, an Islamic sect supported by the Ottomans in a reversal of Lawrence’s later work with the Arabs, while in the Sinai Desert they countered German-backed moves to dominate this strategically important area. Meanwhile, the Royal Navy fought to keep the supply lines to Gallipoli open, and keep men and material flowing to France from India, Australia, and New Zealand. This book will tell the true story of their experiences and achievements in fighting a determined enemy to protect the Suez Canal—the lifeline of the Empire.

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