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Operation Cordage

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Operation Cordage was a military plan which was endorsed by the British chiefs of staff on January 26 1956. The Israeli airforce was to be caught on its airfields and smashed by a substantial air contingent based on Cyprus, a naval blockade was to be imposed, and carrier-based planes would harass the Israeli forces from the air while commando raids would be undertaken along the coast. A scheme to seize Eilat, Israel's window on to the Red Sea, was added later. Under Operation Cordage, substantial British naval and air forces were kept at the ready.

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#41591 The ghosts of Suez
by Keith Kyle in The Guardian, 13 July 2006

#124166 Who to fight in 1956, Egypt or Israel? - Operation Musketeer versus Operation Cordage
by Eric Grove 2008


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"[W]e can either go to the aid of Jordan against Israel, or we can launch Musketeer; we cannot do both."
(by Gerald Templer, 10 Oct 1956)

"For most of 1955-56, the most likely British intervention did indeed look like being in support of their ally Jordan against the secret Suez associate, Israel. Only at the last minute was a new choice of enemy made."
(by Eric Grove, 2008)


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26 Jan 1956 UK chiefs of staff endorse "Operation Cordage"

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