This Day in History: 1946-02-11

During the first phase of riots in Calcutta John Sellars, who was ADC to Lieutenant General Sir Francis Tuker, then General Officer Commanding Eastern Command, was given advice by Colonel Cyril Toogood ‘an old friend of the General’s from 2nd Goorkhas days’.  Insisting that he carry a .45 Webley pistol and not a ‘toy’ .38, Toogood told him ‘And remember, boy, if anyone so much as looks at the Army Commander, you just shoot him first and ask questions afterwards.  Do you understand, boy?’