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.
Major events of 1956. Ships underway in Suez Canal, Egypt. President, Abdul Nasser announces the seizure of the canal. Soldiers move up in Egypt and dead Egyptian soldiers as a result of Anglo French attack. Anglo French planes bomb the canal area. Airborne troops land in the canal area. Debris due to aerial bombings spread on the street. Matter discussed at the United Nations meeting leading to a cease fire in the area. The Secretary General of the United Nations Dag Hammarskjold arrives in Egypt for negotiations. The United Nations Emergency Police forces enter a city in Egypt. People give a warm welcome to the forces.
A documentary titled 'Suez Canal Seized by Egyptians' in Alexandria, Egypt. A large crowd gathered for the Egyptian President's address in Alexandria. President Gamal Abdel Nasser of Egypt standing on the stage and speaking into the microphone. Officials seated beside the President on the stage. The President speaks about the seizure of the Suez Canal. View of the audience applauding. The Suez Canal, which is the key water way of world trade, in view. Several shipments in view in the harbor. A vessel approaching the harbor.
Egyptian military parade in Republic Square, Cairo, Egypt, during escalating tensions over Suez Canal, in October, 1956. . Marching troops. One contingent double-times. Artillery pieces being towed. Tanks rolling down the boulevard. President of Egypt Gamal Abdel Nasser, in Army uniform, stands with General Mohamed Abdel Hakim Amer, Egyptian Army Chief of Staff, as they review the Egyptian military forces. Officials and diplomats seated for the event. Egyptian troops in armored vehicles passing in review.
Egyptian nationalization of the Suez Canal leads to war as Israel attacks Egypt, and France and Britain embark troops for transport to a joint staging area at the island of Cyprus. View of commercial ships in the Suez canal. Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser. in discussion with officials. French troops embarking a transport ship in the port of Marseille, France. Brief glimpse of their destination port at Cyprus. British troops boarding airliners to take them to Cyprus where they will reinforce the existing British garrison. British and French carriers and warships assembling in the Eastern Mediterranean sea. A flight of four British Hawker Hunter jet fighter-bombers are seen flying in formation. Closeup of one inflight, with rockets mounted beneath its wings. Closeup of a rocket under its right wing. Scene shifts to another Hawker Hunter armed differently. It displays four outer wing rocket rails on each wing, carrying three rockets each. Auxiliary fuel tanks are installed on pylons under each wing. View of the White House in Washington DC. Inside, United States President Dwight D. Eisenhower and Secretary of State, John Foster Dulles discuss the Suez situation. Next, speaking at a press conference, President Eisenhower states , "the Unite States was not consulted in any way about any phase of these actions, nor were we informed about them in advance." He asserts America's intent not to become involved and to bring the matter before the UN General Assembly where their is no threat of a veto. He states his intent to "keep in contact with Congressional leaders of both parties," and expresses hope that the United Nations can bring an end to this "tormenting problem." View of the United Nations General Assembly building in New York City. Inside U.S. Secretary of State, Dulles, is seen seated next to America's UN ambassador Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr. Glimpse of the General assembly with all delegates seated.
British troops evacuating from Port Said in Egypt. United Nations Commander General Eedson Louis Millard Burns gets off from an aircraft. He is greeted by officers. British troops at a dock. The troops aboard a ship leaving for England. The troops with their luggage embark a ship. The ship leaves the dock. A statue. Sunken ships in the Suez Canal. A diver jumps in water for preliminary survey. The sunken ships in the canal. The salvage crew aboard a ship tie a 9 inch cable for taking out hulks. The attached cable. A ship hulk taken out from the canal. The ships in the canal.