1 INNISKILLINGS arrive in Egypt

Thursday, 15 November, 1951

The 1st Battalion The Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers arrived in Port Said on 15 November and moved to Geneifa where they were complete by 17 November 1951. Operations included guarding key facilities, patrolling and sweep (search) operations. Several operations targeted the Egyptian Police including the fortress post at Geneifa. It was there that Major G F Maxwell approached the fort's gate in a carrier and persuaded its occupants to surrender by rapping on the gate with his blackthorn stick and explaining the alternative from inside his carrier with only his steel helmet visible. The fort and police surrendered forthwith.