The University of Southampton
University of Southampton Institutional Repository

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

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).

Record type: Article


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.

Other Mountbatten_and_Suez_1956_article_for_CBH.docx - Author's Original
Download (89kB)
PDF JCBH Mountbatten and rewriting Suez article December 2012.pdf - Version of Record
Restricted to Repository staff only
Download (166kB)

More information

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


Local EPrints ID: 336072
PURE UUID: 3b7e4a51-0cad-4b7d-bfd6-7d2620a56d03

Catalogue record

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

Export record



Author: Adrian Smith

University divisions

Download statistics

Downloads from ePrints over the past year. Other digital versions may also be available to download e.g. from the publisher's website.

View more statistics

Atom RSS 1.0 RSS 2.0

Contact ePrints Soton:

ePrints Soton supports OAI 2.0 with a base URL of

This repository has been built using EPrints software, developed at the University of Southampton, but available to everyone to use.

We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you continue without changing your settings, we will assume that you are happy to receive cookies on the University of Southampton website.