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Rewriting history? Admiral Lord Mountbatten's efforts to distance himself from the 1956 Suez crisis

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The First Sea Lord's offer to resign as an Anglo-French taskforce sailed to seize the Suez Canal in November 1956 became known following his retirement in 1965. Mountbatten oversaw naval preparations with consummate professionalism, although his praise for British forces' seizure of Port Said was tempered by admiration of the French, and not shared by all Combined Operations veterans. David Astor of the Observer actually opposed the invasion, and was passed information by a dissenting Mountbatten. An ageing Mountbatten's criticism of British–French–Israeli collusion led to his advancing an alternative version of events highly favourable to himself, which protagonists such as Lord Hailsham publicly contested.

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Smith, Adrian (2012) Rewriting history? Admiral Lord Mountbatten's efforts to distance himself from the 1956 Suez crisis Contemporary British History, 26, (4), pp. 489-508. (doi:10.1080/13619462.2012.676912).

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e-pub ahead of print date: 2 April 2012
Keywords: mountbatten, first sea lord, port said assault, suez canal, combined operations, royal navy
Organisations: History

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Local EPrints ID: 336072
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/336072
PURE UUID: 3b7e4a51-0cad-4b7d-bfd6-7d2620a56d03

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Date deposited: 14 Mar 2012 17:13
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 06:09

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Author: Adrian Smith

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