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Churchill sends division to troubled Mideast

LONDON, Oct. 30, 1951 (UP) - Prime Minister Winston Churchill, pledged to defend what remains of the British Empire, sent another infantry division today to the Middle East where Egypt is trying to oust the British from the Suez Canal. In his first action as defense minister, Churchill moved quickly to strengthen the British position in the canal zone where Egyptian volunteers armed secretly to fight for the "liberation" of Egypt from Britain.

The War Office announced dispatch of the Third Infantry Division to the Middle East, probably to Cyprus from where the 19th Parachute Brigade was moved into Egypt recently.

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The Admiralty held the aircraft carriers Illustrious and Triumph ready to rush soldiers to the Middle East if necessary. They would supplement the air lift already running from Britain to Egypt.

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