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Exhibition on Kuwaiti-British defense cooperation during 1961 crisis opens

Kuwaiti researcher Issa Dashti's exhibition features photographs of joint Kuwaiti-British military operations and Kuwaiti volunteers aiding the armies in protecting the northern border.

Sheikha Hala Al-Badr Al-Sabah unveils fascinating photo exhibition by Kuwaiti researcher Issa Dashti, showcasing Kuwaiti-British defense cooperation during the 1961 crisis.”

The exhibition features 35 rare photographs documenting the close collaboration between the Kuwaiti and British militaries during the Iraqi-Kuwaiti border crisis of 1961.

Sheikha Hala emphasized the robust and enduring defense relationship between Kuwait and Britain. She underscored the supportive role of the British army during the 1961 crisis when Iraqi President Abdul Karim Qassim attempted to invade Kuwait. Britain demonstrated its commitment by deploying 5,000 troops to protect Kuwait, who remained on high alert at the northern border throughout the summer months.

The exhibition showcases photographs depicting joint Kuwaiti-British military operations aimed at protecting the northern border, along with images of Kuwaiti volunteers supporting the armies. Particularly noteworthy are the photographs capturing the involvement of several members of the ruling family in the defense of Kuwait, including His Highness the Amir Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad, His Highness the Amir Sheikh Meshaal Al-Ahmad, and the late Sheikh Badr Mohammed Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah.

Belinda Lewis, the British ambassador, praised the collection of photographs, highlighting their portrayal of the strong collaboration between British forces and Kuwaiti volunteers during a pivotal moment in Kuwait’s history. She also honored the four British soldiers who sacrificed their lives during Operation Vantage, the British military operation aimed at securing Kuwait.

Ambassador Lewis also highlighted the photographs that illustrate the challenging weather conditions and high temperatures during the summer. She noted how British soldiers learned from their Kuwaiti counterparts how to cope with the extreme heat.

Al-Badr talks about an archival picture that brings her father together with His Highness the Amir Sheikh Mishaal Al-Ahmad

Researcher Issa Dashti explained that he collected and purchased the photographs from various archives, auctions, and antique shops in Britain. He emphasized that the exhibition highlights Britain’s strong and courageous stance, reflecting the deep-rooted cooperation and loyalty that transcends bilateral agreements.

The exhibition also includes rare photographs depicting the ruling family’s involvement in Kuwait’s defense, featuring images of the late Amir Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad, beautiful photographs of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Meshaal Al-Ahmad, and Sheikh Badr Mohammed Al-Ahmad. It also showcases a photograph documenting the British reconnaissance battalions patrolling the northern border. Furthermore, the exhibition displays a monument erected by British soldiers near the Al-Subiya area.

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