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18 SEPTEMBER

GENERAL AUTHORISES USE OF ARAB HOSTAGES TO PROTECT ARMY CONVOYS

[ 18 September 1936 ]

On 18 September 1936, Lieutenant General John Dill, who had arrived in Jerusalem five days earlier to take command of British forces in Palestine, informed Sir Cyril Deverell, the Chief of the Imperial General Staff, that he intended to use Arab prisoners as hostages to protect military convoys from the threat of landmines. His ‘ultimate solution’ to the problem was ‘to carry a couple of Arab mascots on the leading car.’1

MI6 PROBABLY INVOLVED IN ASSASSINATING THE UN GENERAL SECRETARY

[ 18 September 1961 ]

Mounting evidence suggests the involvement of British intelligence services in the assassination of UN secretary general, Dag Hammarskjöld, on 18 September 1961.

FOOTNOTE

  1. John Dill to Sir Cyril Deverell, 18 September 1936, cited in James Barr, A Line in the Sand: Britain, France and the Struggle that Shaped the Middle East, Simon and Schuster, London and New York, 2012, p. 185 and p. 399 See also ‘General Dill Arrives by Air,’ The Belfast Telegraph, 14 September 1936, p. 8.

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