1940 TO 1959

ROGUE NATION

– 1001 FORGOTTEN ANNIVERSARIES THAT SHAME BRITAIN

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1940

02.02 – Churchill – Hindu-Muslim Feud is ‘the bulwark of British rule in India’

15.03  – Harsh penalties to deter Jewish refugees fleeing Nazi Germany

03.06 – Churchill anxious to achieve faster deportation of Jewish refugees

10.06 – Propaganda and religious hatred provoke anti-Italian riots

11.12 – Foreign Office – Don’t let in any refugees fleeing the Nazis

17.12 – Foreign Office official – Jewish refugees drowning an ‘opportune disaster’

24.12 – No more holocaust refugees ‘on merely humanitarian grounds’

26.12 – Foreign Office – Send Jewish refugees to the remote interior of Guiana

1942

24.02 – 785 refugees drown after Britain insists Turkey refuse them overland passage

06.03 – Goebbels gloats over antisemitism in the House of Commons

11.04 – Churchill declares he would rather resign than allow India independence

10.11 – Churchill vows to prevent the dissolution of the British Empire

1943

05.01 – Churchill slashes shipping space for India as it faces famine

25.07 – The first RAF fire bombing raid on Hamburg kills thousands

28.07 – RAF fire bombing destroys Hamburg, killing over 18,000

24.09 – Churchill argues against food aid for famine struck India

1944

06.07 – Churchill urges poison gas attacks on German cities

03.12 – 28 protesters shot dead in Athens by British armed Nazi collaborators

1945

13.02 – R.A.F. saturation bombing of Dresden kills tens of thousands

13.02 – Churchill refuses to consider urgent food aid for Italy

23.02 – RAF bombing kills one third of the population of Pforzheim in 22 minutes

23.02 – Churchill – Hindus are a ‘foul race’ – wishes he could bomb them

16.03 – The RAF obliterates the medieval town of Wurzburg

04.04. – Officials refuse urgent request for food for famine struck India

18.04 – War Office plans to ensure supply of opium to Malaya after its liberation

23.07 – Churchill jubilant at the possibility of nuclear attack on Russian cities

05.09 – Indiscriminate reprisals against Japanese soldiers

23.09 – UK forces slaughter hundreds and burn down vast areas of Saigon

26.09 – Artillery and machine guns used to crush opposition to Saigon coup

13.10 – British army shell Saigon temple, killing one hundred

21.10 – Censorship of British sex crimes in Malaya – protesters shot dead

10.11 – British troops kill 10,000 Indonesians while restoring Dutch colonial rule

23.11 – ‘Calcutta is quieter’ after 32 protesters, mostly students, are shot dead

06.12 – Troops ask why they are arming the Japanese and fighting the Vietnamese

13.12 – Punitive expedition against Indonesian town burns down 1000 homes

1946

15.02 – Singapore colonial police kill activists commemorating wrong anniversary

15.02 – British led police shoot dead 13 at an anti-fascist vigil in Malaya

18.02 – Indian sailors “loose control of their senses” in anti-British mutiny

21.02 – British troops in Cairo shoot dead twenty “rioters” with sub-machine guns

21.02 – British army and police in Bombay kill two hundred protesters

18.05 – Burmese colonial police shoot dead protesting villagers

25.07 – British commander orders troops to ‘show contempt for Jews

08.08 – Winston Churchill advocates a nuclear strike against Moscow

25.10 – Foreign Secretary on the need to get a Union Jack on the atom bomb

1947

02.01 – Monty on Palestine – Ignore world and Jewish opinion

14.02 – MI6 ordered to sabotage ships carrying Jewish refugees to Palestine

28.02 – Colonial police in Malaya beat worker to death in ‘justifiable homicide’

02.03 – Martial law imposed on Palestine’s Jewish population

19.07 – British linked to assassination of Aung San – ‘father of modern Myanmar’

31.07 – British army sprays Tel Aviv’s streets with machine gun fire killing five

09.09 – Britain force Jewish holocaust refugees to return to Germany

1948

28.02 – “A bloody good show” – Officer in Accra congratulated for killing 3 protesters

19.06 – State of emergency introduced in Malaya – thousands detained

22.06 – Labour MPs demand restrictions on black immigration

01.07 – Malay democracy activist detained without trial for seven years

02.11 – British troops burn the Malayan village of Kachau

07.11 – Eleven Malayan communists shot dead ‘while trying to escape’

12.12 – British troops murder 24 unarmed men at a Malayan rubber plantation

19.12 – British governor – villagers more frightened of us than of the communists

1949

10.01 – British in Malaya start to detain and deport entire communities

02.04 – F.O. memo – Malaysian independence threatens UK’s economic interests

04.05 – British hang Malayan democracy activist

1950

14.12 – Attlee misleads parliament over U.S. nuclear bases in the U.K.

1951

14.01 – Britain launches first ever herbicidal war in Malaya

08.12 -British army’s ‘Operation Bulldozer’ flattens Egyptian village

16.12 – Churchill on Egypt – ‘We sill set the Jews on them.’

1952

25.01 – British army kills fifty Egyptian police officers

26.03 – Town deemed ‘cowardly’ punished with sharp rice ration cut and curfew

02.04 – Collective punishment against Kenyan villages deemed to be hostile

28.04 – Photo published of a smiling British soldier holding up a severed head

23.09 – London grants senior Kenyan police officers extraordinary legal powers

20.10 – British governor of Kenya declares a state of emergency

21.11 – Top civil servant refers to Persia and its oil as ‘our property’

23.11 – Colonial police and militia massacre up to 100 villagers in Kenya

25.11 – Wider powers of collective punishment authorized in Kenya

26.11 – Archbishop of York backs collective punishment against Kenyan villages

1953

07.01 – Top civil servant – end of empire means ‘we shall starve.

03.04 – Kenya’s British led home guard untouchable and out of control

08.04 – Jomo Kenyatta sentenced to seven years hard labour after judge is bribed

14.06 – British captain tortures and executes Kenyan rebel suspects

17.06 – Ten Kenyans beaten and summarily executed by British led troops

14.07 – Suspect insurgent hung despite evidence of torture induced confession

19.08 – MI6 overthrow Mossadegh – the popular moderate prime minister of Iran

27.08 – General Erskine reluctant to investigate crimes of loyalist Kenyan militia

06.10  – Britain dispatches troops to Guiana to oust newly elected government

09.10 –  British governor suspends Guiana’s constitution after left wins election

18.11 – RAF starts Kenya bombing campaign – six million bombs dropped

10.12 – General warns against investigation into British war crimes in Kenya

17.12 – Black workers ‘mentally slow’ claims government report

1954

22.03 – Churchill – too risky to alert the public to the realities of nuclear war

24.04 – Thousands of black Nairobians transported to concentration camps

09.06 – British general warns again against prosecuting Kenyan militia for murder

23.12 – Officer in Kenya’s colonial police complains of culture of torture and abuse

1955

09.01 – General Erskine advises yet again against prosecution of Kenyan militia

20.01 – Winston Churchill suggests ‘Keep England White’ as an election slogan

13.07 – Minister admits R.A.F. bombed Yemeni villages for non-payment of fines

30.09 – Labour MP Barbara Castle speaks out against British atrocities in Kenya

26.11 – Sir John Harding introduces state of emergency in Cyprus

13.12 – British governor of Cyprus bans the Communist Party

1956

13.01 – Cypriot boys birched under emergency regulations

05.03 – Cabinet ‘mad keen to land British troops somewhere’

05.03 – Britain jams Athens Radio

24.05 – Empty envelopes provoke harsh British reprisals in Nicosia

01.08 – The Times – Nasser must be stopped or others will also defy us

03.08 – Egyptians banned from cross Channel swimming race.

27.08 – MP and MI6 officers meet Egyptians to plan murder of president Nasser

01.11 – Ministers unable to say if Britain is at war as Cairo airport is bombed

02.11 – U.N. votes 64 to 5 in call for Britain to halt its aggression against Egypt

1957

25.06 – Britain approves the ‘dilution technique’ of torture in Kenya

1958

13.06 – Day and night curfew imposed on Nicosia

22.07 – British army detains hundreds of Greek Cypriots without trial

02.09 – Britain tests a nuclear bomb on Christmas Island

11.09 – Britain tests another nuclear weapon on Christmas Island

09.12 – Report into massacre of Greek Cypriots whitewashes role of British Army

1959

02.02 – Special Branch officers waterboard a Cypriot schoolboy

03.03 – Eleven Kenyan political detainees murdered

16.06 – Colonial detention camps in Kenya worse than Japanese POW camps

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