Until 1967, the Egyptian armed forces relied exclusively on defending a triangle between Hodeidah, Taiz and San`a, while they encountered southern Saudi Arabia and northern Yemen through air operations.  In August 1967, Nasser recalled 15,000 of his soldiers from Yemen to compensate for the 15,000 Egyptian dead, prisoners or missing as a result of the Six Day War.  Egypt has imposed higher taxes on its middle and upper classes, increased workers` monthly savings by 50 percent, reduced overtime pay, reduced sugar rations by a third, and reduced virtually all major industrial programs. Only military spending was increased by $140 million to $1 billion. Nasser also raised the prices of beer, cigarettes, bus and train fares, and entry into movies. Egypt was losing $5,000,000 a week because of the closure of the Suez Canal, and on the other side, the Israelis were sitting on the Sinai wells, which had produced half of Egypt`s oil supply. Egypt`s strong currency debts approached $1.5 billion and its foreign exchange reserves fell to $100 million.  39a The Holyrood disasters saw the end of a disgraced leader (7) Another animated indicator appropriated by Ifors here. Perhaps there is a political comment about our recent Scottish “Führer” (Holyrood) whose career ended with accusations from all but one who exonerated him – and which has not been proven. “Disasters”, indeed. Remember that we need to extract an extra word from the mention.
Maybe! But what a great construction (as always with Ifor), so that when the under falls, the final finale is clear and beautifully ordered. As the numpties point out, focusing on the “confused person” is a good way to approach the subject, so take out the text markers and mark the indications. 27a Heavy hand-held knife (3) We have reached the first of the 3 letters and as the “Hints” style on Big Dave`s crossword puzzle blog emphasizes the definition, here you have a subtle gift. The three-letter knife (which Ms. Bradford will give you if in doubt) must consist of three letters “hand”, “hold” or “back”, and it is unlikely to be “back”, which looks like an indicator of reversal. We know that we have to reverse a word “held” to make that knife, and the first of our letters to spell the confused person. On the royalist side, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Israel  provided military aid and Britain provided discreet support, while the Republicans were supported by Egypt and fighter jets were delivered from the Soviet Union.  Foreign forces in an irregular and conventional situation were involved. Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser supported the Republicans with up to 70,000 Egyptian troops and weapons. Despite several military actions and peace conferences, the war stalled in the mid-1960s. On April 30, Horn was sent to find out what kind of force was needed. A few days later, he met Amer in Cairo and discovered that Egypt had no intention of withdrawing all its troops from Yemen.
After a few more days, he was informed by Saudi Deputy Foreign Minister Omar Saqqaff that the Saudis would not accept any attempt by Egypt to leave the security forces after their withdrawal.  Saudi Arabia had already withdrawn its support for the royalists, in part because Egypt`s plan for unity with Syria and Iraq made Nasser too dangerous. . . .