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The Thiaroye massacre, 1944 - Steven Johns

Tirailleurs as prisoners of war

A short history of the mass killing of black soldiers in the Free French Forces who were protesting against non-payment of wages towards the end of World War II.

The whitewashing of French forces in the liberation of Paris - Steven Johns

Senegalese troops who fought for the French as prisoners of war in Europe

A short account of how American and British commanders ensured that the liberation of Paris was orchestrated by a “whites only” force.

Attempted military coup in Turkey

Turkish soldiers block Istanbul's Bosphorus Bridge.

Ongoing updates and discussion on the attempted military coup in Turkey with contributions from working-class radicals on the ground.

"We will not be part of this unjust, immoral, and illegal war": remembering the Fort Hood Three - Derek Seidman

Dennis Mora, James Johnson, and David Samas at the June 30, 1966 press conferenc

A short history of the Fort Hood three, a group of GIs who were the first high profile examples of American troops refusing to fight in the Vietnam War.

The Fort Hood three

Pamphlet about the Ford Hood three: three American GIs who refused to go and fight in the Vietnam War.

The Cherokee Removal Through the Eyes of a Private Soldier

In May 1838, federal militias started to round up Cherokees and move them into stockades in several southern states. They were then forced to march one thousand miles westward. Thousands of Cherokees died as a result of the removal. The journey became known as "The Trail of Tears" or "The Trail Where They Cried." Fifty years later, in 1890, Private John Burnett, who served in the mounted infantry; told his children his memories of the Trail of Tears1, which he described as the "execution of the most brutal order in the History of American Warfare."

From Voices of A People's History, edited by Zinn and Arnove

Don't join the army - Veterans for Peace

Don't join the army

Great text/website from Veterans for Peace debunking UK military recruitment propaganda.

The squatters of 1946 - Paul Burnham

Aircraft workers demonstrate their support for London squatters, September 19

A short history of the mass squatting movement in the UK, primarily organised by soldiers returning from World War II.

Sardinia: Demonstration against NATO’s Trident Juncture training

On 3 November , Teulada military base in Sardinia was the focus of a demonstration to disrupt the ongoing NATO training and to complain strongly about the continued destruction and poisoning of the island.

Eyewitness account of the Peterloo massacre - Samuel Bamford

Poster entitled Manchester Heroes, published in 1819

A first person account of the Peterloo massacre of pro-democracy demonstrators by the British army in 1819, by Samuel Bamford, who was arrested and imprisoned for a year after the killings.