GENERAL ON HIS TROOPS ‘BURNING EVERY VILLAGE WITHIN REACH’
[ 20 August 1920 ]
On 20 August 1920, Major General George A.J. Leslie, commanding the 17th Indian Division in Iraq, wrote to his wife Edith in India, informing her that Brigadier General H.A. Walker’s column, comprising two British and six Indian battalions was ‘slowly working its way back here ravaging the country on its way,’ while his own men had been ‘attacking and burning every village within reach.’ 1
MISSIONARY DOCTOR’S SHOCK AT ARAB CASUALTIES OF BRITISH VIOLENCE
[ 20 August 1938 ]
On 20 August 1938, Dr. E. D. Forster, a physician working with the Church of Scotland, wrote in his journal of his shock at the ferocious wholesale violence inflicted on the Arab inhabitants in the Palestinian town of Hebron.
- Letter from Major General G.A.J. Leslie to his wife, 20 August 1920, cited in Ian Rutledge, Enemy on the Euphrates: The Battle for Iraq, 1914-1921, Saqi Books, London, 2015, p. 389.
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