BMMHS Evening Meeting - Suez


Speaker: Paul Beaver​

Paul Beaver's talk on Suez has been postponed at short notice. The meeting will still go ahead in the Village Hall and the talk on Suez will be replaced by Bomber Command Navigator & POW by Stuart Green. Our apologies for the change in schedule. We will look to re-schedule Paul's talk in due course.

Meeting 10th Nov 2021

Wednesday 10th November 2021; 7:30 pm​

BMMHS Meeting Venue

Woodcote Village Hall, Reading Road, Woodcote, RG8 0QY

 In view of COVID the meetings may switch to a Zoom talk at short notice. Please check the home page for the latest information.


Details of the Paul’s talk to follow
3rd Battalion, The Parachute Regiment, boarding HMS 'Triumph' at Portsmouth bound for Cyprus, 4 June 1951 The battalion was sent to Cyprus during the Anglo-Iranian oil crisis. After a short stint on the island it was then flown into Egypt in December for a tour of duty in the Suez Canal Zone. © Crown Copyright NAM [Image number: 89655]
3rd Battalion The Parachute Regiment take up positions on El Gamil airfield, 5 November 1956 In November 1956, British and French forces invaded Egypt in collusion with Israel. As part of the operation 3rd Battalion The Parachute Regiment seized the airfield at El Gamil. This was the last large-scale British operational parachute drop. After securing the airfield the paratroopers attacked Egyptian coastal defences in preparation for the Allied amphibious assault on nearby Port Said. © NAM. 2007-12-6-110
Corporal 'Jock' Kerr, 3rd Battalion, The Parachute Regiment, on guard at a water filtration plant near Suez, December 1951 The 3rd Battalion arrived in the Canal Zone in late 1951 as the security of the British installations there deteriorated. Egyptian guerillas established themselves in the towns along the length of the Canal Zone and attacks on vehicles, property, and service personnel increased. From collection of 27 photographs collected by Pte David Hunt, 3rd Bn Parachute Regiment, whilst serving in Egypt during the civil unrest, 1951-1952. © NAM. 1999-06-88-10
Three of the five British aircraft carriers involved in the Suez operation. HMS Eagle leads HMS Bulwark and HMS Albion in the Mediterranean Sea. © IWM (A 33601)
THE SUEZ OPERATION OCTOBER - DECEMBER 1956 (A 33608) Air Strikes on Egyptian Airfields: A flak-damaged De Havilland Sea Venom of 893 Naval Air Squadron makes a belly landing on HMS EAGLE. Copyright: © IWM. Original Source:

Biographical notes – Paul Beaver​

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