2nd Bn. 95th Rifles :: Poetry of the Napoleonic Wars
He went into the same profession, and during his early career was posted to Tunisia and Egypt. In Egypt, he became friends with Said Pasha, son of the viceroy. De Lesseps became fascinated with the cultures of the Mediterranean and Middle East and the growth of western European trade. After postings to Spain and Italy, in he retired after a disagreement with the French government. In , his friend Said Pasha became the new viceroy of Egypt. De Lesseps immediately returned to Egypt, where he was given a warm welcome and, soon afterwards, permission to begin work on the Suez Canal.
De Lesseps had been inspired by reading about Napoleon's abandoned plans for a canal that would allow large ships wishing to sail to the east to go directly from the Mediterranean to the Red Sea, thereby cutting out the long sea journey around Africa. De Lesseps' scheme was backed by an international commission of engineers, but failed to win the support of the British government, despite de Lesseps making a number of trips to London.
He persevered and eventually attracted financial backing from the French emperor Napoleon III and others. De Lesseps was no engineer - his achievement lay in organising the necessary political and financial backing, and providing the technical support necessary for such a huge project. Construction began in April , and the Suez Canal was opened in November British attitudes changed when the canal was seen to be a success and de Lesseps was treated as a great celebrity on his subsequent visit to Britain.
In , the Egyptian government sold its shares in the canal and the British prime minister, Benjamin Disraeli, bought effective control of the Canal Company. In his 74th year, de Lesseps began to plan a new canal in Panama.
In , an international congress was held in Paris, which chose the route for the Panama Canal and appointed de Lesseps as leader of the undertaking. Work began in , but the canal proved much more complicated to build than the Suez Canal.
Wilfred Owen’s Dulce et Decorum: Summary & Analysis
In the. The gunner was in. Hemingway uses the setting in Kansas, during World War I, to convey Krebs post-war life in comparison to his pre-war. In the short. The sky was covered with tumultuous, dark clouds cunningly moving closer to each other before releasing a sudden shower.
A scar of radiant light illuminated the pagan-black sky and a thunder approached with an aggressive pace. The battlefield had turned into a theatre of death, filled up with groaning and bawling sounds, as the soil became slippery with sludge.
The soldier found himself surrounded by haunting cries of pain. His heart was pounding rapidly against his rib cage as he ran across the muddy field.
His breath was trapped within his lungs, struggling to escape the prison of his broad chest. His spiky brown hair was covered in mud and the long scar on his forehead made youth and innocence seem like a distant dream, far too impossible to reach. His dark khaki uniform battling against his wearied body had turned his skin raw. As he stumbled across the sodden earth, head-clasping images of horror overflowed his veins with poignant misery.
Sobs of anguish and despair fiercely attacked his ears as he spotted a young soldier lying on the stony ground. Deafening yelps and whimpers escaped from his. Show More.
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