This is an account of life, attitudes and events in Cairo during World War II. It describes the historical background of the events of the Desert War, as well as stories and descriptions of personalities gleaned from the Ambassador's diaries and those of her grandparents, Duff and Diana Cooper.
The British in Egypt; the King and the city; 1939-1940 - preparing for war, the Benghazi handicap; Spring 1941 - disaster in all directions, new arrivals, a time of ideas, patriots or Fifth-Columnists?; Summer 1941 -troops, administrative problems, the effects of war; Winter 1941-1942 - Auchinleck's offensive, the writers, the fall of Hussein Sirry, tanks at Abdin; Spring and Summer 1942 - loose talk in high places, Tobruk, the flap, spies; Autumn and Winter 1942 - Alamein and after, the "darling belt"; Spring and Summer 1943 - scandals and quarrels, a glittering summer, behind closed doors (SOE Cairo); Winter 1943 - statesmen and buccaneers; Spring 1944 - the Greek mutinies; Summer and Winter 1944 - Lord Moyne; spring 1945 - burying the hatchet. Epilogue - fire and revolution 1951-1952.
Cairo in the War, 1939-1945 by Artemis Cooper
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