Strategic Bombing of Tea Trading


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Strategic Bombing of Tea Trading

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Jun 10, 2013, 4:28 pm

I came across this interesting snippet - about how in 1942 the Luftwaffe decided that, deprived of tea, the British Empire would pretty much grind to a halt. They therefore decided to bomb Mincing Lane, the centre of all British and Imperial tea trading. It worked too, the tea industry was sent into chaos and tea was rationed to two ounces a week, which is very very little. From a morale point of view, it was one of the most successful bombing strategies of the war.
How fortunate we are now to have a great supply of tea, and so many different brands ..

Editado: Jun 10, 2013, 8:04 pm

Funny, I just read a humorous science fiction book with a similar theme, though they weren't bombing London; God Emperor of Didcot is the title; by Toby Frost.

The evil race of insectoid aliens is taking over the planet where most of the British Space Empire's tea is grown, in an attempt to sap their moral fiber.

Jun 10, 2013, 8:05 pm

Sounds good - thanks, I'll look for that one ..

Editado: Jun 10, 2013, 8:08 pm

It's the second in a series, so you might want to start with the first one, otherwise it's kind of confusing ...

The first one is Space Captain Smith.

Jun 11, 2013, 9:25 am

Tea supply is one of the reasons why the British Empire went to war with China, and had possession of Hong Kong for 99 years. Tea is serious business.

Jun 11, 2013, 10:58 am

Certainly is. I haven't tried Lapsang Souchong, apparently it's an acquired taste through drying over pine wood fires.
I'm interested in trying some different teas, so I'll probably start with this one. I'm just not that good at drinking tea without milk ..!

Jun 12, 2013, 4:18 am

Interesting how we're all tip-toeing around the greatest tea war crime of all, carried out by the heartless and ungrateful British colonists in some place called Boston ...

Jun 12, 2013, 11:02 am

Yes - the 'sons of Liberty' have a lot to answer for.

And to think after all that they drink more coffee. And iced tea .. Argggh.
I hate iced tea.

Jun 12, 2013, 11:35 am

You can still get the blend of tea that was dumped that night; it's called Boston Harbour Tea, from Davison, Newman & Co. It's imported by Mark Wendell, and is an excellent tea!

See here for the petition to King George for compensation for the loss of their cargo:

Jun 12, 2013, 12:52 pm

Really? I would like to try that. Thanks for the link ...