Prior to the start of World War Two, the United Kingdom depended upon the Mediterranean for its shipping needs. In 1938, nearly 29 million tons of shipping passed through the Suez and on any given day 185 British merchant ships were either in transit through the Mediterranean or unloading at a port.
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