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Churchill described the final triumph at El Alamein as the "end of the beginning" of WWII, with Montgomery and Rommel as its mythic figures. But piecing together long-lost secret evidence, we can see that a strange espionage affair led to both the battle and its outcome.
The houseboats got in the way of development, say Egyptian authorities. But demolishing them erases a remnant of Cairo's history. At the least, the government should have picked one houseboat to preserve as a museum to the legend of German spies Johannes Eppler and Heinrich Sandstede.