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By Martin Kolinsky

During the early years of the second one international struggle, Britain committed large assets to construction army bases in Egypt and Palestine. The political balance of the 2 nations used to be of leading obstacle to prevent diverting troops clear of scuffling with the exterior enemy to inner defense projects. the ambiguity of Britain's eventual victory was once that it may possibly now not perpetuate its political authority. calls for for independence intensified in Egypt and between Palestinian Jewry, and resulted in postwar struggles.

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62 But towards the end of 1938, shifts in attitudes were occurring in the Foreign Office63 as the question became increasingly pressing as to how far down the road of appeasement it was possible to go without endangering Britain itself. In the following spring Chamberlain told the cabinet that 'instead of the Czech army being on our side, Czech resources were now available to Germany. '64 In January 1939 the government abruptly changed its attitude towards relations with France when it became alarmed about rumours of German British Strategic Po/icy, 1936-8 29 plans to invade Holland.

The leaders of the movement for national independence, they protested, had betrayed their cause, and Egypt remained subjugated. Opposition to the Wafd government grew in the following year, fuelled by internal disputes, and its hold on power became jeopardized. 3 Political Uncertainties in Egypt during the Interwar Period After the First World War, a new norm was set for the Imperial power in Egypt. ' When he became high commissioner for Egypt and the Sudan in 1934, Sir Miles Lampson was instructed by the Foreign Office that the principle guiding his action should be 'non-intervention' in Egyptian affairs, except for matters affecting Imperial interests as defined in Allenby's 1922 declaration.

Although Anglo-French differences over the handling of the Abyssinian crisis were eventually resolved, the important question of military coordination between them remained unsettled. In March 1936 the two countries agreed to maintain military contacts, and a week later a tripartite naval agreement was signed with the United States. But there was little communication between the naval and army staffs of the two countries; only the air staffs were in contact with each other. The lack of military co-ordination meant that when the British Chiefs of Staff reviewed their position in the Mediterranean and Middle East in February 1938, they were uncertain of the degree of co-operation they could expect.

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