The General Strike 1926 - Armed Forces as MAC ?

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  1. Goatman

    Goatman LE Book Reviewer

    Been musing on how it all went down back in the day ( in light of Public Sector only Day of Action upcoming).......

    Completely different kettle of fish - but what orders were given to the Armed Forces at the time?

    Perilous economic times.....only 7 years previously, the then Home Secretary ( um....one Winston S Churchill) had ordered tanks onto the streets of Clydeside, fearing a Bolshevik uprising .....The Invergordon Mutiny took place five years later - but over a specific pay cut .

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    In 1926, with Oxford students manning buses and trams - did Joe Public have to pay the standard fare ? Or was it all run as an emergency service, until the strike breaking was accomplished?

    Hmmm......Challengers in Chelsea Gardens anyone ?:)
     
  2. Can't really say I like the thought of troops on the streets, supporting the Government, or assisting in any way.
    I don't think school kids learn British history as my generation did, bit too much PC now a days.
    Mind you strangely I think a Labour administration would be more likely to deploy troops in true Socialist fashion.

    john
     
  3. It's extremely unlikely to come to that in the foreseeable future. If I remember correctly, the Army was mobilised largely because the emergency services, including the police, were also on strike. That wouldn't happen again unless the shit really does hit the fan.

    We also have the benefit of history, and people don't want a repeat of the old communist dictatorships. The far left couldn't even attract much support for socialism during the Poll Tax demonstrations, so I guess Bolshevism is practically dead today.
     
  4. If they were to teach a history leson of the 1926 General strike they would find out that all the Volunteers they drafted in actually felt sympathetic post strike to the workforce they replaced, they realised how much work was involved.
     
  5. "If they were to teach a history leson of the 1926 General strike they would find out that all the Volunteers they drafted in actually felt sympathetic post strike to the workforce they replaced, they realised how much work was involved."

    Interesting line of thought, wonder where you found this out ?

    john
     
  6. Dennis Wheatley's novel Black August is of interest to those considering an opposition to a General Strike.
     
  7. Goatman

    Goatman LE Book Reviewer

    I read it back in the day - but finding Wing Commander Wheatley's books on the shelves these days is Project Hen's Teeth
    - swap ya for ' The Jungle is Neutral ' in hardback ?

    PS got that Agincourt Battlefield Tour org'd yet ?
     
  8. Been, gone and come back. Repeated action. Got big tip from Canadian man!

    How many of you are there? It fits beautifully with a Somme visit you know?

    Oh and I have the JIN in hardback already...The late Wingco's (I like to think of him as an RFA officer rather than an RAF one) books could always be found in the public libraries - however his views render him less acceptable, someone might imbibe unsuitable ideas!
     
  9. Goatman

    Goatman LE Book Reviewer

    Was it along the lines: ' Don't commit the entire Newfoundland Regiment to the third reserve trench in one go ' ?
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    Dang, are you there again in 2012? One at the moment !


    Back on topic - I expect somebody can tell me whether Winston's actions against Red Clydeside were repeated in 1926 - wre any of the London based regiments ordered to take part ?
     
  10. It was on that Andrew Marr documentary about history of Britain.
     
  11. Marr admits being a Lefty Born and Bred.
    Mind you I did enjoy his 'Making of Britain' a well written book, full of many enlightening views.

    john