A Hundred Hours to Suez, an Account of Israel's Campaign in the Sinai Peninsula

Excerpt

This book was unpremeditated. Quite by chance I found myself in a position to write it and by the same chance decided to do so. The circumstances of that chance are described in the first chapter, which is in part a personal note and which might be an unwarrantable intrusion on a narrative, if it had any other purpose but to let the reader judge how far, and in what direction, the narrator is biased. It is something that I do not know myself. I know only that I have tried to tell the truth, so far as it was ascertainable, and that I was given every opportunity of ascertaining it.

Time was rather short. It was important that I should talk with military commanders, and visit with them the scenes of their battles, within a week or so after those battles, and before the edge had gone from their impressions. And it seemed important also that this account should be read as quickly as possible by as many people as possible. Therefore I was able to afford only seventeen days in which to meet everyone concerned and to travel about the Sinai Peninsula by car, jeep, and airplane, and another fourteen days in Tel Aviv in which to dictate what I had learned. On my return to England there was another week spent on pruning and rearranging the typescript, which had been censored in Israel. The censorship, as I have explained later, was very liberal and benevolent.

Following the precedent of T. E. Lawrence, I have not always been consistent over the spelling of names. Whereas his inconsistency was deliberate, mine is either accidental or due to igno-

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Contributors:
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • New York
Publication year:
  • 1957

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