Suez Canal
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Suez Canal

A ship canal in Egypt, running between Port Said in the north and Suez in the south. The Suez Canal links the Mediterranean Sea with the Indian Ocean, via the Gulf of Suez and the Red Sea. The canal was the target of Ottoman/German offensives launched from the Sinai Peninsula in 1915 and 1916, and from the beginning of 1917 the starting point for British operations against Palestine. It was of great strategic importance to the British Empire, as it was the shortest route between Britain and its colonies in East Africa, India, and Southeast Asia.

After the Ottoman Empire’s entry in…

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Mönch, Winfried, “Suez Canal”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 23 April 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-3786_dlws1_beww1_en_0575>
First published online: 2015



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