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1991: The South Iraq and Kurdistan uprisings

Kurdish fighters in 1991

The history of the uprisings in Southern Iraq and Kurdistan in 1990-91 which involved large numbers of mutinous troops who had deserted during the Kuwait Gulf War.

The Calais mutiny, 1919

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A short history of the strike and mutiny of British troops stationed in France following the end of the First World War which won concessions and helped speed up demobbing.

The RAF Biggin Hill mutiny, 1919 - Dave Lamb

Pilots in the 141 Squadron at Biggin Hill

A short history of the victorious rebellion of British servicemen in the air force who were living in appalling conditions, soon after World War I.

The Southampton mutiny, 1919 - Dave Lamb

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A history of the militant rebellion of British troops in Southampton following the end of the First World War. Amidst the widespread dissatisfaction, the men were highly reluctant to return to Europe after the end of the conflict.

Mutiny and resistance in the Royal Navy, 1918-1930 - Dave Lamb

Indiscipline - HMS Revenge

A short history of mutinies and rebellions in the British Royal Navy and Marines from the end of World War I, Russian Revolution and up until 1930.

The Etaples mutiny, 1917 - Dave Lamb

New recruits at Etaples, 1918

A short history of one of the early big mutinies of British troops in Europe as World War I came to an end.

1945: The Saigon commune

The Vietminh

A brief account of a workers' and peasants' uprising in Vietnam following the end of World War II by Ngo Van Xuyet, one of the participants.

1921: The Kronstadt rebellion

The Red Army attacking Kronstadt

The history of the rising of the naval town of Kronstadt in Russia by workers and sailors supporting the original aims of the 1917 Revolution against the new Bolshevik dictatorship. The rebellion was crushed by Red Army troops under Trotsky's command.

1970-1990: The war of counter-insurgency in El Salvador

Noam Chomsky on the ultra-violent war of the right-wing regime in El Salvador against grassroots resistance of workers, peasants and liberation theologists – socialist clergymen and women.

1871: The Paris Commune

A barricade during the Paris Commune, 1871.

A brief history of the world's first socialist working class uprising. The workers of Paris, joined by mutinous National Guardsmen, seized the city and set about re-organising society in their own interests based on workers' councils. They could not hold out, however, when more troops retook the city and massacred 30,000 workers in bloody revenge.