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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
19th August 1980 Willy Russell's Educating Rita, premieres in London
19th August 1897 1st electric taxi's drive in London
19th August 1842 The last day before railings were put up on The Monument, also the last (of 6) suicides from the top.
19th August 1274 The Coronation of Edward I in Westminster Abbey.
The London Cage, WW2 torture
The London Cage was based here for British torture/interrogation
Location: 7 Kensington Palace Gardens, W8 4QS
Description: Although this street is known as one of the most exclusive and expensive addresses in the World, they are mostly London embassies for the World's nations.
Numbers 6,7 and 8 have a decidely interesting wartime past when they were home to one of the country's most secret military operations - the London Cage.
It was run by MI19 between 1940 and 1948 where the War Office would glean as much information as possible from prisoners of war. Very few inside and outside the organisation knew this was occuring here during the war.
It was used partly as a torture chamber, with 3573 German officers and soldiers - many being subjected to systematic abuse.
The Cage was run by Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Scotland, who had served in Namibia and was awarded the OBE for his interrogation techniques. It was his memoirs that lifted the lid on what happened here. But not before the book had heavily been censored.
The torture allegations continued to surface long after the end of the war, with stavation, verbal & physical abuse, electrical devices, and other unsubstantiated techniques.