I get seriously annoyed when the role of the Indian Army and other Commonwealth Forces are denied or belittled by historians and the many internet ninjas when writing about the Second World War. It is in the same category as the often-quoted statement of “England standing alone in 1940...” Yes, tell me about the British Empire troops, you know, the Indians (magnificent soldiers), South Africans (specialists in armoured reconnaissance, later forming a tank division that claimed great fame in Italy), Australians (the best fighters in the war, the rats of Tobruk etc.), New Zealanders (the best infantry known to man, shock troops), Rhodesians (they lost more men per capita than any other nation), you name them, more than 100 other nations besides England, they answered the call. Yes, tell me why the British Army suffered so few losses during World War Two, and if you don’t believe me, read Code Name Caribbean where I discuss this at some length and prepared to be shocked on who did the dying and who is never honoured in mainstream publications, media and what have you.
You should see the shocked faces when I state, and these are historical facts, research them by all means: “The world’s biggest gold producer, the Union of South Africa, had to give all her gold reserves to the US. Yes, a US Navy cruiser fetched the bullion in Cape Town to help pay for the war. So did India, once the jewel in the British crown, she was abused to pay one million pounds a day in war loans to London during World War Two (1940 money, much more today, billions). That almost broke India financially besides sending hundreds of thousands of her well-trained soldiers to die and you must wonder for what? Sufficient to say that the Burma Theatre and to a lesser extent the North Africa and Italian Theatres would not have succeeded as they did without the tough lads of the Indian Army standing fast. They paid a terrible price for this loyalty. In Bengal, a State in India, starvation was taking place but still that arch liar, Winston S Churchill to you, refused to stop food exports from Bengal. He showed his true racist colours by asking: “...if the famine was so horrible, why had Gandhi not yet died of starvation?” Leo Amery, the Indian Secretary of State bitterly replied he regarded that comment as “Hitler-like.” A great insult but then the man was probably drunk, he often was during Cabinet meetings. What the Indians or Mr Gandhi said I don't know but we took note of it. It reminded us of the Boer War concentration camps on a much larger scale and showed what the Pommies will do to survive (see Code Name VET 101 what happened there). They are terrible people to go to war with since they never fight alone and expect their friends to do the dying for them. A large portion of France’s gold bullion was already kept on a small island in the West Indies (some say St Martinique) out of Hitler’s reach and kept hostage there by the watching Royal Navy...”
Yes, and let me not start on the role of France in 1940, the calculated insults you hear to this very day about white flags etc. The other side is not often told but in Code Name Caribbean, the counter maritime-terrorism book, I tried to explain: “...The 1940 British Army was a disgrace, they were not even entitled to a campaign medal after the war, which says it all. The French Army fought and lost tens of thousands of men, 212,000 dead between September 1939 and June 1940! It was the French Army that made Dunkirk possible, by holding the German attacks off whilst you fled to the ships. The men rescued at Dunkirk, the Frenchmen, went home immediately afterwards and kept fighting, you did not, you stayed behind! Mon Dieu, you took 4 years to come back to France and then only with massive Canadian and American help and much instigation from Mr Roosevelt, your imbécile wanted to attack the ‘soft underbelly of Europe’ instead of helping France get rid of the Nazis! You did not even have command then and would never again in major operations, you had Dwight D Eisenhower forced upon you and became the lapdog of the USA. Only half of the Normandie invasion forces were English, the rest were American and Canadian troops with the Free French! At least General De Gaulle took us out of NATO and created our own nuclear deterrent, we don’t need you nor the USA and do not ask permission to attack anyone. Nor are we forced into stupid adventures in the Middle East just because Washington said so. Unlike you, we have kept our national arsenals French, not American. We will never trust you again, you crétin. Do you know that your imbécile (Churchill) himself said to a colleague after he made his stupid beaches speech: ‘And we’ll fight them with the butt ends of broken beer bottles because that's bloody well all we've got!’ Truly, you had nothing left in 1940 besides the channel to protect you! The panzers would have overrun you and they would have landed if the French Fleet joined them and by God, we came close after Mers-el-Kébir. With Italian Navy help, the Nazis would have landed and your island occupied as was France. And do you know, Spain, then under the fascist General Franco, would have joined the war then, it was arranged, closing the Mediterranean Sea and taking Gibraltar back. Even your imbécile acknowledged that a heavy gun battery behind the rock, in Spain proper, would have dominated the entrance so much that the Middle-East would have been lost. The refusal of the French Fleet to surrender and the Royal Air Force saved the day, you were bloody lucky we did the honourable thing by not attacking you more than what we did. Today we will, anytime and anyplace.”
History, seriously, has many sides. We should respect the different views but we should never suppress views. Recently, as I also mention in many books, New Yorkers were asked who suffered the most casualties during World War Two. None, not one answered the Soviet Union. When they were asked to point out where North Korea is, they pointed to Japan and Australia, and yet, they clamour for military intervention. If you don’t know history, you cannot learn, and you will not learn and you will repeat the same mistakes. I can quote 100s of pages of examples as above from my books, but these are enough to prove my point, I would say. Let us honour all those that deserve honour, not just the chosen few you learn at school.