Nazis on the Nile: The German Military Advisers in Egypt, 19

Nazis on the Nile: The German Military Advisers in Egypt, 19

Vyvyan Kinross


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Seventy years on from Gamal Abdel Nasser’s revolution that changed Egypt and the Middle East, Nazis on the Nile reveals the true extent of the involvement of German and Nazi specialists in building his military state. Using official British records and CIA files released under the Nazi War Crimes Disclosure Act, Vyvyan Kinross paints a compelling portrait of a country rearming and reequipping for the Cold War and rocket age with the help of former German Wehrmacht soldiers, missile scientists, chemical engineers, arms manufacturers and arms dealers. • German special forces veterans trained Egypt’s soldiers to fight the British in the Suez Canal Zone and the Israelis in Gaza • If they had been given executive authority and battlefield command, German commanders might have changed outcomes in Egypt’s favour • The British detected German tactics of subversion in Egyptian foreign policy, propaganda and intelligence operations • Egypt used coercive methods to persuade its Jewish population to leave after the Suez crisis of 1956