United Nations Day in one of the most important U.N. outposts in the world -?
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Background: United Nations Day in one of the most important U.N. outposts in the world - the Gaza strip.
When the Suez Crisis ended with the arrival of United Nations troops in the Middle East, a large of the contingent was sent to the Gaza Strip - flash-point on the controversial frontier between Egypt and Israel.
Despite minor clashes and a number of land mine incidents, the U.N. troops have managed to keep law and order along the frontier since then under the control of Canadian General Burns - Commander-in-Chief of the UN force in the Middle East.
The Canadian contingent has played an important role in the work of the United Nations along the border - the RCAF flying in supplies to the lonely outposts.
For their leave schedules, many of the men visited the nearby Lebanon for a welcome break.
But U.N. day provided an important opportunity for General Burns to speak to his men and to review the contingents of India, Yugoslavia, Swedish and Canadian troops under his command.
This was followed by a march-past by the various contingents while General Burns - dressed in the white uniform - took the salute flanked by his various staff officers.
Included in the parade was a squadron of the light armoured cars so important in this part of the world.