National Geographic : 1942 Apr
Mediterranean Checkerboard 543 © Fox from Globe What a Bold, Straight Line the Suez Canal Cuts Across the Sands of the Desert! Connecting the Mediterranean with the Red Sea and the Indian Ocean, this canal in normal times forms part of the sea route from Britain to India, the Far East, and Australia. Now merchant ships sail south around the Cape of Good Hope (page 531). Despite many bombings, British defenders have kept the Canal open for warships and for a few vessels carrying supplies to Port Said and eastern Mediterranean ports.