National Geographic : 1952 Jan
""t ! ! " i ' 112 'Pasi, Three Lions A Canal-borne Liner Steaming Through Grasslands Appears as Unlikely as a Locomotive atSea Opposite: Strategic Ismailia lies beside Lake Timsah in the heart of the canal zone. When Egypt threatened the canal, British reinforcements rushed inbyairand sea. They took over railroads, public utilities, and El Firdan Bridge (out of sight to the right), Egypt's land link with herarmy intrans-Suez Asia. Runways of Ismailia Airfield (left) and El Firdan field (right) form arrows pointing to Sweet Water Canal (center), which, flowing from theNile, quenches thethirst ofdesert communities along the Suez waterway. Road in foreground leads to the port of Suez.