1950-1959 | Nuclear Armageddon | United States

Attlee misleads parliament over U.S. nuclear bases in the U.K.

14 December 1950 On 14 December 1950, Prime Minister Clement Attlee had just returned from a meeting in Washington, DC, with President Truman. Attlee claimed in the House of Commons that he had ‘received assurances’ which he considered to be ‘perfectly satisfactory’ over the use of American military bases in the United Kingdom.1 He had been under…

1970-1979 | Nuclear Armageddon

Harold Wilson – nuclear weapons help us to woo Washington

20 November 1974 On 20 November 1974, during a Cabinet discussion on nuclear weapons, Prime Minister Harold Wilson presented his reasons why he thought Britain should retain them, with the inevitable consequence that the country would be a prime target in the event of any future nuclear war. Wilson might have argued that, despite the…

1960-1969 | Nuclear Armageddon

Public kept in the dark as nuclear bombers readied for Armageddon

27 October 1962 At 1.00 pm on 27 October 1962, Air Marshal Sir Kenneth Cross placed RAF bases, housing sixty H-bomb tipped missiles and over 100 RAF nuclear V bombers, on to alert level three. It was the highest state of alert Britain ever went to during the entire Cold War.  Its nuclear strike force…

1940-1949 | Nuclear Armageddon

Foreign Secretary on the need to get a Union Jack on the atom bomb

25 October 1946 A little over a year had passed since the United States dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, killing over one hundred thousand people, when, on 25 October 1946, Ernest Bevin, the Foreign Secretary of Britain’s first post-war Labour government, showed up late to a meeting of the Atomic Energy Committee at…

1970-1979 | Nuclear Armageddon

Ministers and MPs learn of Harold Wilson’s secret H-bomb test

24 June 1974 On 24 June 1974, Prime Minister Harold Wilson made a statement in the House on Britain’s nuclear deterrent. The previous year, the Labour Party Conference had voted by a clear majority to close down all nuclear bases in the United Kingdom and many Labour MPs had taken their seats ready to denounce any…

1940-1949 | 2010-2019 | Backing dictatorships | Churchill's crimes | Nuclear Armageddon | Saudi Arabia | Yemen

23 JULY

CHURCHILL SUGGESTS THREATENING NUCLEAR ATTACKS ON RUSSIAN CITIES [ 23 July 1945 ] Prime Minister Winston Churchill had just been informed of the first successful American testing of an atomic bomb in New Mexico when on 23 July 1945, while having lunch with his foreign secretary, Anthony Eden and three leading Chiefs of Staff, he…