24th March 1965 – British Prime Minister Harold Wilson made it clear that his government supported the US assault on Vietnam including chemical warfare in the South and the bombing of North Vietnam in contravention of international law, declaring in the House of Commons

“I have said a number of times in the House and My Right Honourable Friend (The Foreign Secretary) repeated it yesterday, that we fully support the action of the United States in resisting aggression in Vietnam.”

Britain continued to support the US bombing even after the following month when they were secretly advised by Washington that “economic and industrial” and not just the Viet Cong military, would be targeted.




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