I shall be pleased if you will feature the following in XXXXX!
Exasperated by reversals on all fronts from the outbreak of war, Churchill floundered for success: - Wherever? Japanese intervention, and aggression throughout the Far East, following their 7th December 1941 bombing of Americans at Pearl Harbour: - particularly at Hong Kong and Singapore, devastated Churchill: - More-so when they swept on through Rangoon.
Whisky sodden, frustrated beyond measure, and with adverse reports from General Alexander, Burma Army Commander, Churchill discarded Burma: (On All Fools Day), 1st April 1942. He signalled USA President Roosevelt: -
“Speaking as one amateur to another, my feeling is that the wisest stroke for Japan would be to press on through Burma northwards into China and try to make a job of that. They may disturb India but I doubt its serious m invasion.”
Sobered up, and unable to redeem his diabolical dismissive signal, Churchill ‘secreted it away’ for thirty years. It abandoned the remote and catastrophic 1942 Burma Campaign. The following year, with troops better trained and equipped, it was a completely different matter. To redeem himself from the dastardly signal, and when Burma was eventually won, he merged the two distinctly differing campaigns into one: - Thus masking the vile signal, sent to a repugnant USA President.
Entering Burma on 5th March, I departed on 23rd March, having lost three and a half stones (21KG), in weight. In view of Churchill’s heinous signal and his termination of provisioning, I consider that specific period to be ‘Campaign No 1.’
Throughout late 1942 to 43, joining with other survivors from No1: I trained officers up to the rank of Major, at General Bill Slim’s, Ranchi Battle School. With revised tactics there was a gap before the start of a completely different and successful campaign, in which the School trainees operated in the name of ‘Chindits’. These were two very different campaigns and should be: - ‘Burma-1 and Burma-2’.
Though not recognised in British history as such!
On eventually hearing of Churchill’s dismissive signal, I approached Prime Minister Thatcher, in an attempt to have the situation ratified: - on 24/10/1984, I received a visit by Scotland Yard, Serious Crime Squad, (Det/Chief Supt Hardy – Det/Sgt Tovey), they were clearly on a false and bogus mission. The subsequent sequence of ministers: - Cameron, Hague etc, have been approached, not one caring a damn.
Indifferences spurred me to write book 3 – ‘Chinese Save Brits – in Burma’
G Fitzpatrick – (Former Captain KOYLI)
GSO111 (Operations) 30 Corps / GSO111 (Operations) HQ BAOR
Dear, Mr XX
Black and Tans – Irish ‘Memorial’
BBC-1 programme, ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ 28th August 2014, featured Brendan O’Carroll, he was seeking the truth regarding the murder of his grandfather, in October 1920.
Shilly-Shallying by the BBC staff, all around Ireland produced no conclusive truth of the murderer. This is quite the opposite, (or maybe not), to the murder of Thomas O’Grady, my mother’s brother. He was most certainly murdered by the ‘Black and Tans’, at the doorway of a remote homestead, in County Mayo, in 1921.
Carefully! The BBC programme made no mention of the devastating pronouncement, made at Listowel on June 19 1920, by ‘Black and Tans’, Lieutenant Colonel, Gerald Smyth:
“We are going to have sport now” – “The best house in the locality is to be commandeered, the occupants thrown into the gutter. Let them die there: - the more the merrier.” – “The more you shoot, the better I will like you.”
“You may make mistakes occasionally, and innocent persons may be shot but that cannot be helped, and you are bound to get the right party at some time.”
With the identical dictate repeated by Colonel Percival, the Cork Commander, where more than 2,500 were murdered, one can only conclude that, and as the practice went throughout the land: - the initial declaration, came from Central British Control: - Minister for War, Mr Winston Spencer Churchill. He would have been in one of his drunken stupors to blurt out in such course manner.
At a much later date, I was personally affected by a similar Churchill outpouring: - (Roosevelt/Churchill official corespondence): - Situated in Central Burma, in a defeated and disintegrating Infantry Battalion, 2/KOYLI, Churchill signalled Roosevelt on ‘All Fools Day’ – 1st April 1942: -
“Speaking as one amateur to another, my feeling is that the wisest stroke for Japan would be to press on through Burma northwards into China and try to make a job of that. They may disturb India but I doubt its serious invasion.”
Unable to retrieve the damnable signal, Churchill has it secreted away for thirty years. The ‘Harlot’ Thatcher, was Prime Minister at the eventual revelation. Her regard for Churchill was such that when I made mention of ‘irregular’ Burma war episodes, she alerted Scotland Yard, Serious Crime Squad, - (Det/Supt Hardy-Det/Sgt Tovey: 24/10/1984), to quell further discussion.
As with the evasiveness on Brendan O’Carroll’s search, so the evasive cult continues throughout a succession of ‘Thatcher Babes’: - To Cameron, Hague and their numerous predecessors.
You will realise , I have hard feelings against successive British Governments. It is such that my present, 25+ years serving Member of Parliament, (George Mudie), calls them “Rubbish!” and declares: – “Do not trust Governments!”
Having harangued British hierarchy, and it goes right to the top; I can tell you that I am now aged 95. I feel that an ‘Irish Day of Memorial’, for those numerous thousands murdered by the detestable ‘Black and Tans’, should be established. I would be proud to attend, wherever it might be held.
I never met Thomas O’Grady, and my mother never once mentioned his name although I know that she attended his funeral: - It was from others that I heard of his fate. Long childhood holidays, in Co Mayo, have influenced my whole life: - It is such that: - “Get yourself an Irish mother” is the opening chapter to my book.
All stated above is carefully detailed in my recently published book: - ‘Chinese Save Brits – in Burma’. This excellent Chinese force released a Company of Inniskillings from capture by the Japanese: -(Sgt Jack McHaffey’s daughter tells that he was later captured for a second time). It appears, the Inniskilling museum has no knowledge of this action, as they fail to respond to my correspondence.
In the event of your publishing this letter, I would appreciate a copy.
Gerald Fitzpatrick – formerly GSO111 (Operations) 30 Corps
GSO111 (Operations) HQ BAOR
Under Generals: - ** Montgomery, and **** Brian Horrocks
PS – I have occasion to visit Ireland in the near future, and shall be pleased to visit you if you so wish. Thank you.