17 AUGUST

GENERAL GASELEE SANCTIONS AN ORGY OF LOOTING IN PEKING

[ 17 August 1900 ]

On 17 August 1900, Major General Alfred Gaselee issued an order licensing the ransacking of Peking. Gaselee was the commanding officer of a British and Allied expeditionary force. It had arrived in the city just in time to relieve the diplomatic legations, which had been besieged for fifty five days by anti-imperialist Boxer rebels.

NEWSPAPER REVEALS UK SUPPLYING NIGERIAN JUNTA WITH FAST PATROL BOATS

[ 17 August 1967 ]

Today in 1967, the Birmingham Post revealed that, despite Britain’s commitment to neutrality in the war between Nigeria’s military junta and the secessionist state of Biafra, and despite the government’s claim that it would only provide the generals with military equipment which was defensive in nature, two British built fast seaward class patrol boats had arrived at Devenport two days earlier, and were on route for Nigeria.1

FOOTNOTES

  1. ‘Secrecy over two boats for Nigeria,’ The Birmingham Post, 21 August 1967, p. 18

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