Over recent days controversy has emerged over film footage of the Queen of England with her arms raised in a Nazi salute. That this has caused outrage seems ridiculous. She was aged no older than seven years of age. It does however question the beliefs of her the Queen Mother and more importantly those who surrounded the future queen – the English establishment in the 1930s. The reality is that many (probably a significant minority) has strong sympathy with fascism. The images below tell a very different story to the often propagated myth after world war two world that these people were the defenders of democracy. In reality the only issue they had with Nazism was its foreign policy that threatened British interests
1. Lord Rothermere
Pictured below was one of England’s most powerful press barons in the 1930s. Here he is pictured with Adolf Hitler. Rothermere supported Hitler corresponded with the dictator. In 1938 he sent a note of support for his invasion of Czechoslovakia.
2.The Daily Mail
Rothermere’s views were peddled in his press organs most famously his newspaper ‘The Daily Mail’ which produced this headline in 1934 advocating support for the Blackshirts – Englands fascist movement.
3. John Amery.
John Amery was the son of Leo Amery, the state sectretary for India during World War II. He was hanged at the end of the war. He had spent the conflict in Nazi Germany, send ing propaganda messages back tO England. He also attempted to raise ‘A British Free Corp’ to fight for the Nazis. This was an abject failure.
4. Diana &Unity Mitford
The Mitford sisters were the scions of an aristocratic English family. Unity was a personal friend of Adolf Hitler. Diana married the English fascist leader Oswald Mosley in Germany in a ceremony witnessed by Joseph Goebbels. Here she is pictured at the now infamous Nuremberg rally in 1936.
5. The Battle of Cable Street.
In 1936 the London Metropolitan police tried to force a fascist march through the east end of London. The march was widely opposed by those in the area which was home to many Jews. Ultimately it fell to ordinary Londoners including many Irish emigrants to physically stop the march entering the East in what became known as the Battle of Cable Street.
6. and lest we forget….
Before we get ready to criticise the Brits, lets not forget our own fascists in Ireland. Fine Gael, Ireland’s ruling party emerged in part from the Blueshirts – Irish fascists in the 1930s. Lead by a former police chief Eoin O’Duffy their numerous exploits included a disastrous attempt to intervene in the Spanish Civil War on the fascist side