Flashback: Wartime GIs went on rampage of rape and murder

Ben Fenton – The Telegraph April 25, 2006

The full extent of the crime wave that the “overpaid, oversexed and over here” American forces brought to wartime Britain is disclosed today.

Home Office files kept secret for 60 years show that GIs committed 26 murders, 31 manslaughters, 22 attempted murders and more than 400 sexual offences, including 126 rapes, in the three years between their arrival and the end of the war.

They also show that American commanders allowed Herbert Morrison, the home secretary, to mislead Parliament by assuring MPs that no race discrimination was practised by US courts martial over executions for rape.

Rape was not a capital offence in Britain but under emergency legislation allowing American and other allied armies to use their own system, GIs could be sentenced to death for rape in this country.

Labour MPs who opposed the death penalty challenged Mr Morrison about its use in rape cases and put down parliamentary questions to find out whether black and white soldiers were treated equally.

Home Office officials sensed serious trouble and consulted the American judge advocate general’s office in London, according to files released at the National Archives in Kew, south-west London.

A senior US official reassured them there was no prejudice and said the Americans would be happy if the home secretary told the Commons that three white GIs had been sentenced to death for rape in America a year before.

Mr Morrison duly told the Commons and chided party colleagues for seeking to raise divisions on racial lines.

But only black Americans were facing execution for rape at the time he spoke.

Figures show that, of the 122 rapes committed by Americans between 1943 and 1945, six perpetrators were executed. Five were black and the sixth was a Mexican-American who raped a 75-year-old widow at her Staffordshire home.

The most senior mandarins did not want American executions on British soil. Sir Frank Newsam, the deputy head of the Home Office, wrote: “We should take up with the Americans the question of the desirability of carrying out these sentences in America.”

But the documents show that Col Edward Betts, the judge advocate general, “did not think that the US authorities would wish to do this, because if a man was taken away to be executed his fellow soldiers would not believe the sentence had been carried out and the deterrent effect would be lessened”.

The Americans arrived in Britain without a scaffold and because their main method of execution – hanging with a coiled noose – was considered cruel by British authorities, they had to borrow “a set of apparatus from Wandsworth” and a British hangman.

Consequently, all of the 16 GIs hanged at the American “discipline base” at Shepton Mallet, Somerset, were put to death by Thomas Pierrepoint, Britain’s chief executioner, or his nephew, Albert.

Two soldiers, who killed fellow GIs, were put to death as the US army’s manual quaintly put it, “by musketry”: a firing squad.

The first to die was a private, David Cobb, a black man who had killed his platoon commander in late 1942.

Other murders included that of a taxi driver in Colchester, a 35-year-old widow in Henley-on-Thames and a pimp in Belfast.


9 responses to “Flashback: Wartime GIs went on rampage of rape and murder”

  1. When Charles A. Lindbergh told Americans to stay out of the war entirely, doubtless this was one of the factors he had in mind.

    William Manchester’s interesting history of this period is called “The Glory and the Dream” and he mentions the ghastly effect the Great Depression had on the most vulnerable people in the country. These were of course the people rounded up by the draft after December, 1941. Many were insane, not only criminal. The “greatest generation” moniker was slapped on them when most were dead. There was a reason for that.

    George Washington told the people to avoid “foreign entanglements”. The Midwest isolationists told the people they’d lose their freedom on foreign battlefields. Both were right when they said it, and more right now. Too late anyway.

  2. it really does not come as any Surprise, the American have Committed crimes in every county where they have bases even today, Ruislip in London was noted for its bastard children left behind by their American Abusers after the War was over, I knew that when I was 10 years old in 1947, and the British Army is not much better except that there was a lot less of it.

  3. The victors write the history of wars. Essentially everything that is taught today, and since WWII, is a lie, or a distortion, or half-true. But, ‘Muricans are so dumb and brainwashed that the truth does not matter. This is very minor compared to what the Red Army did to Germans in WWII.

  4. These were a black american regiment stationed in wiltshire
    the newspaper report was sanitised, the black GIS were also in trouble for having intercourse with cows in the fields
    it was a big talking point at the time.
    But yes 16 black US GIs were hanged for rape, several cases were borderline and they got off

  5. Of course, like all media reports of black crime, this fails to note or consider that blacks are disproportionately the active criminals in such events, not whites. The statistics are painfully obvious.

  6. Regarding the comment about the Red Army – Stalin and his Jewish advisors who ruled Russia ordered rapes and atrocities committed by the Red Army against the German people.

    The Jewish Banking Cartel used Stalin and Hitler like cattle prods to round up Jews and herd them off to Palestine to create the Jewish state of Israel. Jewspapers in Russia, Germany, Poland, ran stories to scare Jews into leaving Europe for Palestine.

    With WW1 the Rothschilds achieved the Balfour Agreement for Palestine to become a Jewish Homeland. With WW2 the Rothschilds got lots of Jews moved from Europe to Palestine.

    Ben Fenton’s Telegraph article here incites British people against American people. Inciting white people against each other is a recurring theme in the Jews Media.

  7. Rape was virtually unknown in the Wehrmacht. And there were very strict laws and penalties against any German soldier accused of such. Once again, and for the umpteenth time, we see again who the real bad guys were in WW2.

  8. Waw, may I recommend you should read the facts about what happened to the civilian people of German from 1945 on, by the “Liberators” from the West, you know, the ones who claimed they won WWII.

    Terrible and horrific events.
    The Liberators just put about 1.5 to 2 millions German POWs starve and die in open meadows with winter, summer, hunger, illness, wounded whatever. They just let them die.
    And that is just the POWs.

    There is no comparison with what the West did to Germany direct after WWII.
    And then we are not even talking about what they did to the German civilians, man, women, elderly, children, you name it.

  9. That’s right Stephen, the real good guys lost the War, and that is why we have new wars perpetrated by the bad guys nearly every year.