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Object: Camel rider of the Aden Protectorate Levies beside a jet plane on the RAF airfield, Aden, Yemen

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Title Camel rider of the Aden Protectorate Levies beside a jet plane on the RAF airfield, Aden, Yemen
Production Brake, Brian (photographer), 1956, Yemen
Medium summary colour transparency
Materials photographic gelatin, reversal film, cut film
Classification colour transparencies, colour slides
Technique chromogenic processes, colour photography
Format 35 mm slide (mounted)
Credit line Gift of Mr Raymond Wai-Man Lau, 2001
Registration number CT.048387

Situated on the sea route between Europe and India, Aden was a long-standing refuelling and transhipping point. At the time Brake visited, it was under British control, as part of the Aden Protectorate. The RAF base was of particular strategic value to the British in the Middle East, and became more so once they lost control of the Suez Canal in 1956. This base was guarded by a force drawn from all parts of the Protectorate, known as the Aden Protectorate Levies. It was armed and run by the British, and included a ceremonial camel troop.

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