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El Gamil

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El Gamil

El Gamil (Arabic: الجميل‎; also called Gamil or El Gamīl; Romanized Arabic: Ṭâbiyet el-Gamîl) is a fortress with an airfield in Port Said Governorate, Egypt. It was the landing site of British paratroopers in the 1956 Suez Crisis.

El Gamil in the Suez Crisis

The capture of the airfield at El Gamil and the surrounding area was an essential element in Operation Musketeer, the joint Anglo-French airborne and amphibious assault on Port Said, with the ultimate aim of gaining control of the Suez Canal. The French 2nd Colonial Parachute Regiment were to land at Er Raswa while the 3rd Battalion, Parachute Regiment, part of 16th Independent Parachute Brigade, were tasked with the attack on El Gamil, which would be the first British battalion parachute assault since World War II and the last to date.[1] At the insistence of French commanders, the airborne assaults on El Gamil and Raswa were to take place a full 24 hours before the arrival of the seaborne element, in order to preserve the element of surprise, as it would be difficult to conceal the approach of the large invasion fleet.[2]

Order of Battle

British Army

Egyptian Army


  • El Gamil at GEOnet Names Server
  1. ^ Airborne Assault - Units: The 3rd Battalion The Parachute Regiment (3 Para)
  2. ^ The History of British Military Conflicts since 1945 - The Last Drop: 3 Para at El Gamil airfield
  3. ^ Airborne Assault - Media - Suez (Operation Musketeer) - Description of the capture of El Gamil airfield (pp.1-2)

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