[ 6 November 1937 ]

On Saturday 6 November 1937, an officer in the North Staffordshire Regiment recorded in his diary how soldiers of the Black Watch beat twelve Arab villagers to death with their rifle butts in the Palestinian village of Silwan.1 


Churchill with Foreign Secretary Lord Halifax in September 1938 –
Photo in the public domain via Wikimedia

[ 6 November 1938 ]

Winston Churchill is often lauded as the greatest British leader in history and in particular as an unwavering opponent of the Nazis. It might therefore surprise some to read his statement made to the Press Association on 6 November 1938, a month after German troops had occupied the Sudetenland and less than a year before the outbreak of the Second World War. He made it clear to all those politicians and business men in Britain who were sympathetic towards the Nazi regime as well as officials in Berlin, that he had never even ‘dreamed of an act of aggression against Germany.’ He also reminded the public that ‘I have always said that if Great Britain were defeated in war I hope we should find a Hitler to lead us back to our rightful position among the nations.’2


  1. Matthew Hughes, Britain’s Pacification of Palestine: The British Army, the Colonial State and the Arab Revolt, 1936-1939, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2019, p. 159.
  2. Winston Churchill quoted in “Not Warmongers: Mr. Churchill replies to Fuhrer,” the Aberdeen Press and Journal, 7 November 1938, p. 7.

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