1860-1899 | Burning towns and cities | Punitive operations

23 FEBRUARY

BRITISH REACT TO FAMINE IN IRELAND WITH MARTIAL LAW BILL

[ 23 February 1846 ]

On 23 February 1846, the Irish Coercion Bill was introduced into the House of Lords, following reports that famine struck tenants in Ireland were not paying rent to their landlords.

THE GAMBIAN TOWN OF BUSUMBALA BURNED

[ 23 February 1894 ]

Not much is known about what happened, except that a British newspaper reported that the town, located just south of Bathurst (Banjul) was ‘burned by Colonel Corbet on Feb(ruary) 23.’1

RAF BOMBING KILLS  ONE THIRD OF THE POPULATION OF PFORZHEIM IN 22 MINUTES

[ 23 February 1945 ]

At 7.50 pm  of 23 February 1945, in the closing weeks of the Second World War,  367 RAF Lancaster heavy bombers began a massive air assault on the small German town of Pforzeheim.

CHURCHILL – HINDUS ARE A ‘FOUL RACE’ –  WISHES HE COULD BOMB THEM

[ 23 February 1945 ]

Today in 1945, Winston Churchill, having only days earlier approved the saturation bombing of the German city of Dresden which killed tens of thousands of civilians, now expressed a wish that a similar fate could be inflicted on Indian cities.

FOOTNOTES

  1. ‘The Fighting on the Gambia,’ The Hampshire Telegraph, 10 March 1894, p. 8.

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