ABSTRACT

In1956theEntentecamesuddenlytolife.BritishandFrenchministers workedtogetherinclandestineaccord.Thearmedforcesofthetwo countriessetupajointcommandandpreparedacombinedoperation intheutmostsecrecy.BritishandFrenchtroopswentintoaction together.Theoccasionoftheseeventsisfamousintwentieth-century historyastheSuezcrisis.Thestoryisatangledone,andhasbeentold repeatedly,amidmuchagonisingandcontroversy.Throughthismaze wemustfollowthesinglethreadofrelationsbetweenBritainand France,onwhichthecrisishadprofoundeffects.Thetwocountries,at firstdrawnmorecloselytogetherthanformanyyears,wereeventually drivenapartbytheirverydifferentreactionstotheSuezaffair.