12 MAY

CHURCHILL “STRONGLY IN FAVOUR OF USING POISONED GAS AGAINST UNCIVILISED TRIBES.”

On 12 May 1919 Winston Churchill, now widely acknowledged to be among the most admired Britons in history, wrote a memo in his newly appointed position as Secretary of State for Air regarding the best possible British military response to an anti-British insurgency in Mesopotamia (now Iraq)  in which he declared he was “strongly in favour of using poison gas against uncivilised tribes.”(1)

Footnotes

(1) Winston Churchill quoted in Graham Farmelo (2013), “Churchill’s Bomb: A Hidden History of Britain’s First Nucelar Weapons Programme,” Faber and Faber, London p30. Original Source Winston Churchill departmental minute, 12 May 1919, Chartwell Papers 16/16A.

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