British troops withdraw from Port Said in Egypt as UN Forces intervene during the Suez Crisis. A British warship in harbor at Port Said. Sunken ships in the harbor. Warship at the harbor. The British troops on the ship. The British troops with their equipment await to embark the ship. United Nations Forces Canadian Eedson Louis Millard Burns speaks to a British officer at the dock. The British troops march in squad. An Israeli man displays a large stock of modern Russian arms captured from Egypt. Men inspect the Russian weapons.
Film opens with aerial views of City of Suez and environs during the invasion of Egypt by Israel, Britain, and France, to seize control of the Suez Canal and overthrow Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser, in 1956. At TC:00:24 is an aerial view of two ships scuttled by the Egyptians in Port Said at the entrance to the Suez Canal. Many ships are seen in Port Said, itself, including a large British landing craft (L9006). Glimpse of British sailors on the landing craft with Union Jack waving above them. Formations of British soldiers, wearing Balmoral bonnet headgear, marching inland from the port. Area of the port covered with artillery pieces and war materiel being loaded into trucks. Closeup of British soldiers loading shells and ammunition into trucks. Egyptian men mingling on the streets of Port Said. A British soldier and an officer are seen amongst them. Low altitude aerial view of the Suez Canal. View of ships at entrance of the Canal in Port Said (with the scuttled ship blockade behind them) . A British Dido Class light cruiser is seen with the ships.
Merchant Marine officers who need to join their ship, leave dock on a Egyptian launch that takes them out to their ship, in Port Said, Egypt. (The launch flies an Egyptian flag design in use from 1922 through 1953.) When the officers arrive at their ship, deckhands lower a rope ladder and the officers climb aboard. View of steamship, SS Aeolia, underway. (This ship, launched as the Stuyvesant 1918, was acquired in 1950 and named, Aeolia, by Cia Naviera del Atlantica of Panama. It was managed for them by the Hellenic Mediterranean Lines, Piraeus.) Back of a sailor as boat he is on passes a statue of Ferdinand de Lesseps at the Port Said entrance to the Suez Canal.. Views waters around Port Said with palm trees along shore and commercial shipping traffic in the waters.
UN (United Nations) Forces arrive in Port Said, Egypt during Suez Crisis. The troops walk in a squad on a street. The Egyptian people on either side of the street wave. They sing their praises for the troops. A troop clear people from the streets to make a way for the UN troops. Egyptian crowd on street. People cheer.
What appears to be a fortress, with flag flying over it and a very tall steel tower standing in front of substantial buildings near the water's edge. Egyptian fishing boats docked at breakwater in Port-Said, with Statue of Ferdinand de Lesseps in the background. Camera pans along the waterway, photographing a steamship and more fishing sail boats in the vicinity of the Lesseps monument. Scene shifts to the land, where local people are going about their routine workaday activities. It appears to be late in the day, with lengthened shadows and most shops closed. View changes to looking down from a fortress where visitors are going up stairs. Then a view from high up on a cross bridge where visitors have a view of rock outcroppings and excavations and a cave related to Suez canal construction. Another scene depicts several historic-looking buildings and a deep basin so large that Egyptian youths are playing football (soccer) in it. (Note: the film is reversed.)
British, French and Israeli forces hold positions at the time of cease fire as the discussions in the United Nations goes on the Suez Crisis in Egypt. Smoke rises from a bombed oil dump in Port Said. The sunken vessels at a harbor. People at the harbor. A wrecked vessel. A sign on a board reads 'Port Said Aerodrome'. A damaged building. Two men look out from a window of a building. The rubble scattered on a street. A man and a woman on the street. The bomb damaged buildings. Anglo French troops block a canal. The Anglo French troops unload weapons from a truck. The troops stand in a group holding guns talk. The Egyptian policemen on a street. The men speak to a policeman. A littered street. The people walk on the street. The people walk past a damaged building.