1860-1899 | Massacres | Media propaganda | South Africa | Wounded killed

After the Battle of Rorke’s Drift – the mass butchery of the wounded

On 23 January 1879 hundreds of Zulu warriors, injured during the battle at Rorke’s Drift the previous day,  were murdered by victorious Redcoats. RORKE’S DRIFT – THE BATTLE Almost everyone knows of the heroic defence of the missionary outpost the previous day, made famous by the 1964 film Zulu starring Michael Caine which remains a television favourite. …

1920-1939 | Appeasing Hitler | Backing dictatorships | Media propaganda

Daily Mail journo given priority use of Hitler’s telephone

[ 13 March 1938 ] Late in the evening of Sunday 13 March 1938, Hitler gave an interview in a hotel room in the Austrian town of Linz to a journalist in whom he had complete confidence to dutifully report the Nazi propaganda line as to why a day earlier his troops had marched into…

1920-1939 | Appeasing Hitler | Censorship | Germany | Media propaganda

Editor of the Manchester Guardian reprimands reporter for anti-Nazi bias

[ 12 March 1935 ] On 12 March 1935, William Crozier, the editor of Britain’s most progressive mainstream newspaper, the Manchester Guardian, reprimanded Robert Dell, the paper’s Geneva correspondent, for allowing his heartfelt distaste for the Nazi regime in Germany to influence his reporting. ‘It simply won’t do, in my opinion,’ he warned the journalist, ‘to…

1800-1859 | Famine | Media propaganda

The Times warns famine struck Ireland to expect less relief

30 August 1848 Lord Clarendon, the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, writing about the political debate over how Britain should respond to the Irish famine of the 1840s, observed that ‘an extraordinary and universal importance attaches to the views of The Times.’1  The political elite would therefore have taken due note when, on 30 August 1848,  the…

1920-1939 | Bombing villages | Media propaganda | Pakistan | RAF crimes

RAF starts nine day bombing campaign against Afridi villages

4 August 1930 On 4 August 1930, the R.A.F. commenced a nine day bombing campaign, deploying over 70 aircraft on 1,835 hours of sorties against Afridi villages, deemed to be unfriendly. Most of the settlements were located in the Bara Valley in the remote North West Frontier region of British India, although the surrounding valleys…

1940-1949 | Civilians slaughtered | Media propaganda | Palestine

British armoured cars spray Tel Aviv’s streets with bullets killing five

31 July 1947 On 31 July 1947, ‘seven (British) armoured cars roared through the main street of the all-Jewish city of Tel-Aviv… with machine guns firing into shops and passing traffic,’ killing at least five and wounding fifteen others.1  This indiscriminate act of violence was in retaliation for the brutal lynching of two British soldiers…

1800-1859 | Famine | Ireland | Media propaganda

The Times – lazy and perfidious Irish famine victims abuse our charity

26 July 1848 On 26 July 1848, at the height of the potato famine in Ireland, from which over a million died, The Times published an editorial which was far from sympathetic. The Irish were not only deemed undeserving of the totally inadequate relief measures organized by a reluctant British government, but they were also portrayed as…

2010-2019 | Media propaganda | Northern Ireland

The Law should protect our crimes but not their’s

6 July 2018 On 6 July 2018, Prime Minister Theresa May slammed down Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson’s suggestion to give members of the IRA the same legal protection from prosecution that he proposed for members of the armed forces implicated in terror killings, intimidation, torture or other offences. Williamson had written secretly to the prime…

1860-1899 | Battlefield butchery | Burning towns and cities | Massacres | Media propaganda | South Africa | Wounded killed

British slaughter Zulu wounded and burn down the city of Ulundi

4 July 1879 On 4 July 1879, British infantry used their overwhelming fire power to decisively defeat the Zulu nation at the battle of Ulundi. The battle itself, in which fifty Zulus were killed for every Redcoat, is occasionally recalled, but the even less glorious aftermath, in which the victorious troops immediately set about slaughtering…

1920-1939 | Demolishing urban areas | Media propaganda | Palestine

Six thousand given a few hours warning of compulsory demolition

16 June 1936 On 16 June 1936, six thousand Arab Palestinian residents of Jaffa’s Old City awoke to leaflets, dropped by British aircraft, informing them that their homes would be blown up and that they had until 9 pm to vacate them. The astonishing pretext was the need to improve ‘health and sanitation,’ although the…