A history of the British Army
Remembrance Day is an annual observance for those who died fighting for Britain. Every single British soldier, from every conflict since the end of world war one, is remembered with pride across the island.
World war one was not about the defence of small nations. It was an imperialist war between the imperialist nations and their desire to carve up the Ottoman Empire and defend their colonial operations in Africa. Millions were sent to their deaths for Empire. Winston Churchill personified what Britains’ elite thought about the first world war when he said ““I think a curse should rest on me — because I love this war. I know it’s smashing and shattering the lives of thousands every moment — and yet — I can’t help it — I enjoy every second of it”. Britain sent ordinary men to their slaughter. Should they be honoured or celebrated? No. They should be pitied as they were quite literally sent to an abattoir.
“If it wasn’t for us [Britain] you’d be speaking German” is a line often spouted when the British Army is criticised. The fact is hundreds of millions of people across this planet were living under the yoke of British imperialism when world war two broke out. For those living India, a nation which had suffered no less than thirteen major manmade famines by the start of world war two, it would be impossible to distinguish between the genocidal nature of the British Empire and the Third Reich. Indeed, bang in the middle of world war two the Bengal famine broke out claiming the lives of four million men, women and children because of Churchill’s racism. In fact, Britain’s treatment of Indian’s during the Bengal famine was so bad the British Secretary of State for India, Leo Amery, compared Winston Churchill to Hitler.
The notion that Britain was fighting fascism in world war two is nothing short of historical amnesia. The British ruling classes backed and sympathised with Hitler at various points. Britain’s MI6 helped orchestrate the coup that brought Franco to power — a slush fund run by the British in Spain was used to bribe officials. Britain opposed any intervention in support of the Republic and even went as far to propose a policy which allowed Hitler and Mussolini to aid Franco. As for Mussolini in 1917, he was on MI5’s payroll to spread pro-war propaganda. He was knighted by the Royal Family. In the 1930’s Britain gave him vital support for Italy’s war on Ethiopia.
Following the end of world war two Britain rushed to restore colonial rule in Indonesia and Vietnam. Hardly the actions of a nation that claims it was fighting for freedom. In Vietnam, the British rearmed the Japanese who were the enemy just weeks earlier to suppress the Vietnamese resistance and reinstate French colonial rule. They did the same in Indonesia with the reinstitution of Dutch colonial rule. A man named Chin Peng who was awarded an OBE for fighting against the Japanese occupation of Malaya was later stripped of it for going on to resist the British occupation of his country.
Apologists of British imperialism constantly shriek “we saved the world from fascism in world war two” as if it absolves Britain of the millions it murdered. The fact is Britain went out to try and save the British Empire. It was not a fight against fascism for Britain.
In the years that followed world war two Britain waged war across Asia and Africa to suppress national liberation movements.
Britain described its war on Malaya to be “in the defence of the rubber industry”. Ten percent of the population were forced into concentration camps where they were punished with food reduction. The Royal Air Force carpet-bombed the country with chemical weapons. A lot of the brutal methods that were used by the US in their war on Vietnam were pioneered by the British in Malaya including the use of Agent Orange.
More than eight thousand British troops were sent to Korea. Known as the “forgotten war” millions of Koreans were murdered by the United States with the assistance of British soldiers. Clement Attlee dispatched warships to Iran when oil was nationalised. Churchill sent Britain’s Navy when it a democratic election in Guyana wasn’t in the interest of British business and ousted Cheddi Jagan.
In Kenya, hundreds of thousands were put into concentration camps by British soldiers. Massacres occured. People were literally worked to death in these camps. And all this was done to preserve a racist system.
Britain’s war on Ireland has never ended. More than 5,000 British troops remain in the occupied six counties. For centuries British soldiers have terrorised the people of Ireland. When the Orange state was threatened in 1969 the British government sent its boys to the north of Ireland where they committed massacre after massacre. Children shot dead by British soldiers. Men dragged from their beds and interned by them. Daily torture was the routine. The north of Ireland was used as a laboratory by the British Army. What it learned was exported around the world.
Afghanistan and Iraq are Britain’s two big wars of the 21st century which saw them dispatch tens of thousands of troops to destroy the nations. Millions were displaced and murdered. In 2017 a memorial for British soldiers who were killed in these wars was unveiled in London. It portrays them as liberators of the people.
Libya, which was the most prosperous African nation with projects like the “Great Man Made River” which made the desert bloom, was destroyed by the British in collaboration with the French and US in 2011. The RAF participated in the ten thousand plus NATO airstrikes on the country. David Cameron went on to say the British forces should be “very proud” of what they “achieved” in Libya.
The British Army’s not so secret war on Syria has seen them facilitated and work alongside what the BBC termed are “moderate rebels”. In 2012, British special forces trained “rebels” in Jordan with the express intention of them going to Syria.
In Yemen in Britain has waged successive campaigns. And is leading a war on the nation right now. Much like they did in 1962 the British are using Saudi Arabia as their proxy. More than 200,000 died. Today millions are being starved by the British and Americans. British soldiers have been training Saudi forces and telling them where to drop the bombs that Britain has sold them.
The British Army is the biggest gang of mass murderers the world has ever seen. The video below lists every single conflict they have been involved in since 1945. The funds raised by the annual poppy appeal go to the veterans of these genocidal conflicts.