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Lucifer is Created

Benson C Saili
THIS EARTH, MY BROTHER…

He was the head of the angelic host and was created not by God but by the Paal Taal

The First Source, the Prime Creator we generally call God, resides in the Central Universe of the unum/ multiverse. As we posited last week, the unum is not all there is in existence: it is part of the greater omniverse, which is infinity, whereas the unum is not infinite though there are any number of unums in the omniverse. Although one single unum has limited capacity, within this limited capacity is inconceivably colossal room for expansion as we saw in last week’s illustration.

The First Source is not the only God in the greater universe known as the omniverse. He is simply one of an infinite number of Gods. But he is the God of his own region of the omniverse, the God of his unum. He is First Source only relative to us as his creation. He was not always God though: at one point in eternity past, he was just like you and I, an ordinary and primitive being in a cosmic context who arose in another unum as a creation of another God.

Then over time, he evolved both spiritually and knowledgewise and finally qualified to be a God in his own right and went on to found his own unum, just as we finally qualify to be full-fledged adults to begin our own families and run our own households. Every sentient being at long last becomes a God with his own unum.

Trust me, you and I, My Brother, shall be our own God in the fullness of time, with our own fiefdom of universes and with our own-created life forms! I can imagine my good friend Assam Makwinja as Almighty God presiding over his own unum and comparing notes with the likes of Henry Segopa and Boikobo Monakwane from their own unums! That is our preordained destiny in our evolution as spirit-souls.

The First Source rules over 7 superuniverses, also known as superdomains, in his unum. Our part of the unum is the very seventh of these superuniverses. The expression “I’m in the seventh heaven” is very well-informed indeed as all these superuniverses are heavenly (that is, cosmic) domains. Metaphysicists also say there are seven planes of being, also called dimensions, with this physical dimension we inhabit referred to as the Third Dimension. 

Even at the level of the astral, the realm we transition to after we die, it is said there are seven phases  of existence. The reason there is such recurring analogy centred around the number 7 has to do, primarily, with the baseline structure of our seven-part unum.

The First Source resides in the centremost region of the Central Universe as any God ideally would. Call it the hub of the Central Universe and the very nerve centre of the overall unum. He is not the sole dweller of the Central Universe though. There are other beings who occupy the Central Universe. These beings are known as the Central Race. At the cosmic level, they are known as the Paal Taal, meaning “Creator Gods”.

THE CENTRAL RACE

The Paal Taal are the first beings our God created, the firstborn of  First Source (when the apostle Paul referred to Jesus as “the Firstborn of all creation”, he simply meant Jesus was   an incarnation from the ranks of the Paal Taal). Although they too dwell in the Central Universe, they are well removed from the hub where God resides. The Paal Taal reside on the fringes, or the borderline, of the Central Universe because they have not yet attained a degree of holiness that qualifies them to be near God’s dwelling.   

The Paal Taal, also known as the Builders amongst other names, were created from God’s own essence, from the building blocks of his own substance we can loosely term as DNA. In other words, they were made in his own “image and likeness”, a phrase we also encounter in the opening verses of Genesis in relation to the Anunnaki’s genetic engineering of Adam and Eve.

God created the Paal Taal simply by thought, or sound, since thought is not silent: it is sound, though it can only be heard mentally and not through the physical senses. When you are God, you are capable of bringing about anything you desire simply by wishing or speaking it into existence.  

Why did God create these beings? Contrary to what the Bible or Christians say, he did not create them in order to worship him day and night and do his bidding vassal-style. Worship, in case you didn’t know, is vampirism: it sucks out the energy of the worshipper and bolsters the energy of the being who is being worshipped. 

He brought them into existence as a medium through which he could fan out into, populate, and constructively exploit his own domain.  In other words, he created them as his cosmic ambassadors, cosmic pioneers, cosmic explorers and ultimately cosmic inheritors. In bringing them into being, he was driven not by a sense of power and domination but by a sense of love and service to his creation as opposed to service to he himself.

In our case us human beings, when we produce children, the idea, fundamentally, is to propagate our genetic imprint, to perpetuate ourselves. That is a means by which we seek to ensure that the Saili flame, the Makwinja (Assam) flame, the Ramakoba (Thato) flame, the Daewood (Rakim) flame, the Kusasa (Tumelo Alexander) flame, the Matumo (Vincent) flame, etc, will keep burning for eons to come barring a catastrophe of some kind. God also wants to reproduce himself so that his progeny can take possession and occupancy of the inconceivably vast acreage of cosmic real estate at his disposal.

Otherwise, if he elected to occupy the unum alone, it would all be sheer waste, a nonsensical underutilisation. At the end of the day therefore, all sentient beings are one at their very basic essence inasmuch as this stems from the substance of one overall creator.     

According to the Corteum, the Aliens from Sirius B who have been working with the top-secret Labyrinth Group since the 1950s, the Paal Taal are divided into seven tribes to accord with the seven superuniverses they watch over. A renegade ex-member of the Labyrinth Group, Jamisson Neruda, says, “The galaxies in which the Paal Taal reside are approximately 18 billion years old and their genetics are immeasurably more developed than our own. They are the optimal soul carrier in that they can co-exist in the material world and the non-material dimensions simultaneously. This is because their genetic blueprint has been fully activated.”

GOD PRECSRIBES A FREE WILL UNIVERSE

Having created the Paal Taal, God proceeded to create the entire structure of his unum jointly with them as if from a cosmic assembly line with a view to teach them the tricks of the creation trade, just as we humans would want to teach our children, particularly the firstborn, certain moral and even occupational competences in life so that they are as virtuous and proficient as we are.  

Since the seven superuniverses that he had created needed to be seeded with life forms, God taught the Paal Taal how to create the whole spectrum of  life, from the highest to the lowest forms though at the time they concentrated on the higher life forms such as angels and humanoids.

God had decided that Superuniverse No. 7 was going to be a free will universe. In other words, the beings that were to dwell in it were to conduct their lives according to their own rules, wishes, and whims. Neither he, God, nor the Paal Taal   were to directly interfere with their affairs whatsoever. 

Says Stewart Swerdlow, who as an Illuminati instrument in a macabre project known as Montauk had occasion to interact with beings from other worlds for many years and so learnt a great deal about God and the universe: “God does not directly interfere with the personal lives of his thought-creations. He does not have an agenda. Contrary to popular belief, he does not judge, interfere, or change anything that is already created. He allows for freewill of all his creations. In this way, all possibilities unfold. Nothing is ever stopped from being.”

Be that as it may, the created beings were going to be responsible for their own misdeeds. In other words, they were going to reap what they sowed. If they made a shambles of things, they would suffer the full brunt of cosmic consequences. It would be a lesson for them not to repeat the same mistake if they were wise.   

Now, although God created the Paal Taal from pinches of his own energetic signature, he did not put them on an equal footing with himself. He did build into them the potential to be like him but they had to incrementally work toward the realisation of this potential.

Godhood was a status to be earned and not to be liberally and casually conferred.  The reason God refrained from making the Pal Taal exactly like he was – all-knowing and all-powerful straightaway – was because he had written into their energetic DNA the capacity to do good and commit evil. If he had wired them in such a way that they were inherently sin-free, that would have reduced them to robots inclined towards only a particular pre-programmed disposition.

It would have been tantamount to creating an artificial being, a kind of android, instead of a natural being prone to all possibility. He wanted his creation to be subject to the same regimen of  karmic experience as he had undergone himself in another unum, to be able to voluntarily exercise their freedom of choice and not to operate like a puppet Chester Missing style.    

That, however, did not mean his creation were going to be left wholly to their own devices. The do’s and don’ts, along with their ramifications, were spelt out to them in advance but it would be up to them to decide whether to heed them or disregard them altogether. God was no dictator.       

ANGELS APPEAR FIRST

The Paal Taal were the only species God directly created. The creation of other sentient beings was assigned to the Paal Taal themselves, who were to apply the creation cues God had given them. The Paal Taal, however, did not proceed to create every life form that we know. They restricted themselves to higher life forms. These were, first, what we call angels, and then humanoids, our genotype.

The angels were the intermediaries between the Paal Taal and humanoids. They were senior to humanoids in that they were created first and were superior in their capacities.  Yet they were limited in some ways than humanoids were.  For instance, whereas humanoids were capacitated to inhabit both the dense and finer realms (the spiritual world and the physical world), angels were not designed to incarnate into the material realms.   They were restricted to the same spiritual realms the Paal Taal dwelt in.

The role of angels was to watch on humanoids wherever they were and guide them wherever they asked for guidance (by way of thought) and comfort them where they needed comfort.   They were caretakers of the humanoid agent on behalf of the Paal Taal. Every one single humanoid was assigned his own guardian angel.  All the service rendered to humanoids by angels was to be done not physically but telepathically, that is, at the level of the mind.

Both the angelic and humanoid forms were not created by the Paal Taal all at once: they experimented many times over to finally come up with an ideal product. Remember, the Paal Taal were not God but creatures just like we are and therefore were not perfect.

Besides, they had to be careful in what kind of product they came up with as ultimately they would be responsible for all its deficiencies: God would make them accountable for every single one lapse.  Through continuous tweaking and fine-tuning of energetic DNA, the Paal Taal eventually became master geneticists.

It is the Paal Taal who designed our DNA at the spirit-soul level, that is, the energetic DNA. The physical DNA is simply a material and poor imitation of the energetic archetype designed by the Paal Taal. It is the Paal Taal who have a patent on our DNA.

That’s why even highly advanced humanoids such as the Anunnaki, who genetically engineered Earthlings into existence, still haven’t mastered it fully. Most of the genetic flaws that we carry are not the result of genetic rigging as such: they stem from the Anunnaki’s inability to fully understand the workings of our energetic DNA.

The Paal Taal did not create angels of the same level of sophistication. The first fine prototypes were much more advanced in ways.

These became what we generally refer to as archangels. Their overall leader was Lucifer. Note that I use the term Lucifer in its generic context, in the manner it is commonly understood by the mass of mankind. Lucifer’s actual name is not known. Every cosmic race has its own name for him.  In those primeval times, he was hundred percent loyal to the Paal Taal. He was not created by God as your pastor will readily preach: he was created by the Paal Taal.

NEXT WEEK: LUCIFER TAKES ISSUE WITH HIS CREATORS

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Parricide at Herod’s Court

25th January 2021
SAILI

A wife, uncle, and two in-laws fall at the hands of Judah’s despot

The pre-eminent Jewish chronicler, Flavius Josephus, said of Herod the Great that he was “blessed with every gift of looks, body, and mind” but he was a “slave to his passions”. This was in the context of a gloating bloodlust.

His sword knew no sacred cows: neither his own kids, wives, in-laws, next of kin, nor bosom friends were immune from it. He is on record as pestering Caesar Augustus with a barrage of letters seeking permission to execute his own flesh and blood, prompting the Roman emperor to at one time quip that, “It is better to be Herod’s pig than his son”, which was apt: as a “Jew”, Herod did not eat pork and therefore in the event that he kept any pigs, they would never have to be killed.

You are by now well-apprised of the death of Hyrcanus II by the same Herod, General Atiku, in 30 BC. Hyrcanus, a Hasmonean ruler of Judah twice over, was actually the grandfather of Mariamne I, Herod’s most beloved wife and his second of up to 10 wives. It was Mariamne’s own mother Salome, who dreading Herod’s pathological savagery, pitched Mariamne to Herod in the hope that that would insure her family from Herod’s murderous caprices.

Now, Mariamne, General, was as much a stunning beauty as her younger brother Aristobulus III was breathtakingly good-looking. Having tied the knot with Herod in 37 BC, Mariamne had prevailed over her husband to install Aristobulus as High Priest. The post had fallen vacant on the death of Antigonus in 37 BC and Herod had appointed one Ananel, who had no ties whatsoever to the Hasmoneans, the first such in more than a century, in his place. Unable to resist the spirited entreaties of his beloved wife, who had also lobbied Queen Cleopatra of Egypt and her beau Mark Anthony, Herod gave in and replaced Ananel with Aristobulus, who was only 16 years old, in 36 BC.

Because of his enormous charisma and overall affability, Aristobulus was a hit with the masses despite his tender age and Herod was envious of the young man’s rock star-like popularity. To make doubly sure the young man did not harbour a seditious ace up his sleeve, the morbidly paranoid Herod had his spooks watch on both Aristobulus and his mother round the clock. Sensing imminent danger, Aristobulus contacted Cleopatra, asking for a pre-emptive safe passage to Egypt and there enjoy absolute freedom. When Herod got wind of this, he decided to get rid of Aristobulus as he did not wish him to be a perennial thorn in his flesh from the utter safety of self-imposed exile.

The opportunity came at a banquet in Jericho which was organised by Aristobulus’ mother. There, Herod had one of his henchmen cause Aristobulus to drown during a dusk time horseplay in a swimming pool. Of course Herod would forever maintain the drowning was accidental when everybody knew it was in truth a tactical elimination. Poor Aristobulus was only 17 years old having been born in 56 BC. He was the last Hasmonean High Priest and was replaced by the previously deposed Ananel, who was to remain in that position till 29 BC.

HEROD ACQUITTED OVER THE ARISTOBULUS DEATH

It need not be over-emphasised, General, that Mariamne and her mother Alexandra did not take Herod’s line over the all too untimely demise of Aristobulus lying down. If he had reckoned that with the death of Aristobulus he had gotten rid of potentially the most potent threat to his omnipotence, he was totally mistaken. Herod had actually simply fanned the flames of intrigue against him, for mother and daughter confronted him and accused him of murdering their boy in cold blood.

Nor did the two Iron Ladies end matters there: Alexandra wrote a lachrymal letter to Cleopatra to get her to bring her influence to bear on Mark Anthony so that Herod paid dearly and likewise for his nefarious act. Anthony, who at the time was the Roman colossus in charge of the whole of the Middle East, was persuaded and during a visit to Laodicea (in modern-day Turkey, though some accounts say it was Rhodes in Cyprus), he commanded Herod to report to him forthwith and exculpate himself over the affair.

Although Herod put a brave face on the matter, General, he was rather unsure of his eventual fate after the trial. He also suspected rightly or wrongly that Anthony had a thing for the voluptuously beautiful Mariamne and the last thing Herod wanted was for any other man to bed his beloved Mariamne even in death. So before he set off for Laodicea, Herod instructed his uncle Joseph, who was married to his sister Salome, to make sure that in the event that Anthony sentenced him to death, he should immediately put her to the sword. He also detailed a certain Sohemus, a most trusted aide, to stand sentry over the entire womenfolk at the palace.

Herod, however, had the nine lives of a cat, General. Using his immense rhetorical skills and the time-honoured palm greasing, he won himself an acquittal. Meanwhile, the Judean rumourville was abuzz with chatter that Herod had been summarily executed by Anthony, as a result of which people became spendthrifts of their tongues.

Both Joseph and Sohemus disclosed to Mariamne the instructions Herod had left them with in relation to her fate once he was no more. Mariamne was both livid and distraught that her husband regarded her as so easily expendable when outwardly he cherished her beyond words. To her mind, his arrangements with Joseph had nothing to do with love but sprang from sheer monstrosity. She probably thanked God that he was dead, but the fact of the matter was that he was not and when he at long last turned up, she did not want to have anything to do with him, including the conjugation which he so eagerly pined for after such an extended absence.

HEROD KILLS HIS WIFE AND HIS UNCLE

Now, if Herod had a kind of Svengali, General, it was his youngest sister Salome. Salome (65 BC-10 AD) was the most powerful woman at Herod’s court. A sly, scheming, and manipulating vixen, she arguably more than any other living being had the most sway in a negative sense on her brother, who took practically whatever she said as gospel truth.

Let us nevertheless, General, take stock of the fact that the bulk of what we learn about Salome comes from Flavius Josephus, who himself relied on the writings of Herod’s court historian Nicolaus of Damascus. For one reason or the other, Nicolaus did not see eye to eye with Salome and it is therefore possible that much of what Nicolaus relates of her is embellished to smear her before the court of history.
Upon his return, Herod was told of the rumours of his death and so was surprised to find Mariamne alive when Joseph and Sohemus should in the circumstances have had her killed if indeed they were loyal to him. In fact, Joseph had even put Mariamne and Alexandra into the safe custody of Roman legions stationed in Judea just in case Jewish malcontents who abhorred Herod turned their wrath on them.

But there was more. Salome reported to Herod that Mariamne, who she hated like the plague, had had sexual relations with both Joseph and Sohemus, this being Mariamne’s reward to them for dishing out to her the dirt on Herod, and that she had on several occasions before attempted to poison him. Now, no one would hump Herod’s most beloved wife and get away scotfree. It is therefore small wonder that Herod straightaway ordered the execution of Joseph and Sohemus. Joseph was 61 years old at the time of his death in 34 BC, having been born in 95 BC. In the case of Mariamne herself though, he had her subjected to a formal court trial not on charges of adultery but of attempted regicide.

Herod had hoped that the court would acquit her, whereupon he would make bygones be bygones so great was his love for the woman, but sadly for him, General, she was found guilty and sentenced to death. Even then, Herod tactfully dilly-dallied on signing the writ of execution and simply had his wife detained at a fortress for some time until Salome prevailed over him to execute her at long last. Writes Josephus: “Thus, with the death of the noble and lovely Mariamne ended the glorious history of the Hasmonean High Priest Mattathias and his descendants.”

For a long time to come though, General, Herod was haunted by the death of his wife to the point of even sometimes coming across as if he had lost his mind. “When Herod realised what this meant (the death sentence passed on Mariamne), he tried in vain to have the verdict changed, but Salome did not rest until the death penalty was carried out,” Josephus informs us. “Herod was heartbroken; nothing could comfort him for the loss of his lovely wife.

For seven years he refused to have her body buried, and held it, embalmed, in his palace. Afterwards, he became so melancholy and despondent, nothing interested him or could arouse any enthusiasm in him for living … He was so far conquered by his passion, that he would order his servants to call for Mariamne, as if she were still alive, and could still hear them … He tried hard to forget his trouble by going hunting and banqueting, but nothing helped. Herod built new cities and erected temples and palaces. He also named a tower in honour of Mariamne.”

HEROD SLAYS SISTER’S EX-HUBBY

Mariamne’s death was not the only one which Herod perpetrated through the instrumentality of Salome. There were actually several and included those of her own husband Costobarus. Salome was married four times, to her uncle Joseph (45 BC); Costobarus (34 BC); Sylleus (circa 27 BC); and Alexas (20 BC).

Like the Herod clan, Costobarus was of Idumean stock. It was Costobarus Herod had made governor of Idumea and Gaza and upon Joseph’s death had him tie the knot with Salome, with the couple eventually siring two children, Berenice and Antipater III. Costobarus, though, soon began to harbour monarchical ambitions of his own and wrote to Cleopatra beseeching her to persuade Mark Anthony to make Idumea independent of Herod and install him (Costobarus) as Rome’s client King of the territory.

Of course upon learning of this, Herod was not amused. It was Salome who pleaded with him not to put her husband to the sword. Next time, however, a dumped Costobarus was not so lucky. Seven years after their marriage, Salome and Costobarus parted ways and a possibly hurt Salome decided to exact vengeance. She informed her brother that he had been harbouring two fugitives from Herodian justice for a full 12 years at his own farm.

The two were simply known as the Sons of Baba. Baba ben Babuta, their father and clan patriarch, was related to the Hasmonean ruler Antigonus, who Herod had replaced and killed in 37 BC with the help of Roman legions. Baba and his sons had resisted Herod at the time, with his sons henceforth persisted in insurrectionist activity against Herod. Baba himself had been captured and blinded by Herod but spared anyway as he no longer posed any threat. Writes Josephus: “Now the Sons of Babas were of great dignity, and had power among the multitude, and were faithful to Antigonus, and were always raising calumnies against Herod, and encouraged the people to preserve the government to that royal family (the Hasmoneans) which held it by inheritance.”

Costobarus had provided the Sons of Baba an indefinite lair “supposing that their preservation might be of great advantage to him in the changes of government afterward”. Following the Salome tip, Herod had Costobarus and the Sons of Baba summarily executed “so that none was left alive of the family of Hyrcanus (the Hasmonean), and the kingdom was wholly in Herod’s power, there being no one of high rank to stand in the way of his unlawful acts” per Josephus.

NEXT WEEK: HEROD’S WRATH ON HIS OWN SONS

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WHAT’S UP WITH WHATSAPP?

25th January 2021

In early January, WhatsApp, part of Facebook Inc., began alerting its 2 billion users to an update of its privacy policy which, should they want to keep using the popular messaging app, they have to accept. Much of the policy, which is about commercialising WhatsApp, states ‘WhatsApp receives information from, and shares information with, the other Facebook Companies.

We may use the information we receive from them, and they may use the information we share with them, to help operate and market services’. WhatsApp is now reserving the right to share data it collects about you with the broader Facebook network, which includes Instagram, regardless of whether you have accounts or profiles there, claiming it needs it to help operate and improve its offerings. More broadly, almost all of the $21.5 billion in revenues which Facebook generated in the third quarter of 2020 came from advertising and there is currently none in WhatsApp.

The company now wants to be able to serve more targeted ads to people on Facebook and Instagram by also garnering their usage habits on WhatsApp and enabling businesses take payments via WhatsApp for items that were selected on other Facebook sites. For long-time users, the option to share data with Facebook was made available in 2016, but it was just that: optional and temporary. It was now to become mandatory for everybody from Feb. 8 but owing to a massive backlash, the company has delayed that to May 15 to try and persuade users to sign up to the new Ts and Cs.

WhatsApp on Monday attempted to address the uproar over privacy concerns with a post on its website, explaining that the update was designed to aid businesses on its platform, as it reiterated in Friday’s post.

“We want to be clear that the policy update does not affect the privacy of your messages with friends or family in any way. Instead, this update includes changes related to messaging a business on WhatsApp, which is optional, and provides further transparency about how we collect and use data.”

These new terms have caused an outcry among technology experts, privacy advocates, billionaire entrepreneurs and government organisations and triggered a wave of defections to rival services. Elon Musk has urged his followers to switch to Signal and the governments of Turkey and India have threatened to block the app if it insists on proceeding.

‘WhatsApp’s updated privacy policy verges on user surveillance and threatens India’s security’, a petition filed in an Indian court said on Thursday, presenting another legal challenge for the Facebook Inc. -owned messenger. “It virtually gives a 360-degree profile into a person’s online activity,” lawyer Chaitanya Rohilla told the Delhi High Court. Many Indian users have began installing rival apps like Signal and Telegram, pushing WhatsApp to begin a costly advertising campaign to calm its 400 million customer-base, the largest of any country. The change has also met with a challenge in Turkey with the country’s Competition Board this week launching an investigation into the messaging service and its parent company.

Elsewhere too, in spite of Whatsapp protestations, millions of its users are already migrating to alternative platforms. Signal saw 7.5 million downloads last week,  a 4,200% spike since the previous week and large swaths of users also jumped to Telegram, as the platform gained 9 million new users last week, up 91% from the previous week. Both apps are now topping Google and Apple’s app stores,

Facebook could possibly learn a lesson from history here. Every past empire – Aztec, Mayan, Greco-Roman, Sumerian, Mongol, Chinese, Ottoman and more recently British, all saw their star rise, their glory swell, their boundaries grow and yet each eventually fell, often the instigators of their own downfall.

They expanded too far too fast and could not control what they had initially conquered. And now it looks like the same fate might await this large tech giant. Parent company Facebook has also come under fire recently for overt and covert censorship policies with questions raised as to partisanship and curtailment of freedom of speech. Thus one would have to question the wisdom of the timing of this new Whatsapp privacy policy, if nothing else.

To understand its influence and control one only has to check out the un-smart sector of the mobile phone industry which for some time has offered handsets a small step up from the basic starter sets with Facebook and Whatsapp as default screen app settings. These limited internet access options have allowed millions of users to connect with affordable data bundle packages.

And for Google smartphone subscribers, the search engine automatically connects its base to Whatsapp and Facebook – one big, happy family. Facebook is also seamlessly linked to Paypal offering contact-less charges for its boosted post advertising, a somewhat sinister partnership which accesses their Paypal log-in and authorisation details without the need to inform the payee – the transaction is simply deducted automatically from the registered credit card. This is Big Brother with a blue logo.

The bottom line here is that if you have any privacy issues at all – and you probably should – you might as well make the switch now before you are forced to sign away your rights in May. And the plus part is that both Signal and Telegram have the technological edge over Whatsapp anyway, the latter even being accessible on multiple platforms simultaneously, not just on your phone.
Empires take time to crumble and Facebook is not in imminent danger but information is a weapon that can be used in any war, even a virtual conflict, so don’t give this giant any more ammunition than it already has.

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The Daring Dozen at Bari

8th December 2020
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Seventy-seven years ago, on the evening of December 2, 1943, the Germans launched a surprise air raid on allied shipping in the Italian port of Bari, which was then the key supply centre for the British 8th army’s advance in Italy.

The attack was spearheaded by 105 Junkers JU88 bombers under the overall command of the infamous Air Marshal Wolfram von Richthofen (who had initially achieved international notoriety during the Spanish Civil War for his aerial bombardment of Guernica). In a little over an hour the German aircraft succeeded in sinking 28 transport and cargo ships, while further inflicting massive damage to the harbour’s facilities, resulting in the port being effectively put out of action for two months.

Over two thousand ground personnel were killed during the raid, with the release of a secret supply of mustard gas aboard one of the destroyed ships contributing to the death toll, as well as subsequent military and civilian casualties. The extent of the later is a controversy due to the fact that the American and British governments subsequently covered up the presence of the gas for decades.

At least five Batswana were killed and seven critically wounded during the raid, with one of the wounded being miraculously rescued floating unconscious out to sea with a head wound. He had been given up for dead when he returned to his unit fourteen days later. The fatalities and casualties all occurred when the enemy hit an ammunition ship adjacent to where 24 Batswana members of the African Pioneer Corps (APC) 1979 Smoke Company where posted.

Thereafter, the dozen surviving members of the unit distinguished themselves for their efficiency in putting up and maintaining smokescreens in their sector, which was credited with saving additional shipping. For his personal heroism in rallying his men following the initial explosions Company Corporal Chitu Bakombi was awarded the British Empire Medal, while his superior officer, Lieutenant N.F. Moor was later given an M.B.E.

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