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In 1882 the British invaded Egypt in an audacious war that gave them control of the country, and the Suez Canal, for more than 70 years. William Wright gives the first full account of that hard-fought and hitherto neglected campaign, which was not nearly as "tidy" as the British commander would later claim. Using unpublished documents and forgotten books, including the discovery of General Sir Garnet Wolseley’s diaries, Wright highlights how the Egyptian War, climaxing in the dawn battle of Tel-el-Kebir was altogether a close-run thing. The major combined services operation of the late Victorian era also saw the Royal Navy sail into battle for the last time in its old glory and the book has the first full account of the Bombardment of Alexandria.

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