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100 years ago: London can take it

05 June 2015

June 4th, 1915

WEATHER conditions being particularly favourable, the Germans have at last found their way to the neighbourhood of London. On Monday night a Zeppelin scattered some ninety bombs, killing four harmless people, injuring others and wrecking some houses. For obvious and sound reasons that is all we are permitted to say, and it is enough. It was a dastardly affair; the addition of another woman and an infant to those whom the Germans have killed would not be thought a glorious deed by any nation but theirs. We see that they have made it a matter for rejoicing, and no one will be astonished: it is in character with their whole conduct of the war. Perhaps we must regard Monday's visit as only a foretaste of coming brutality. We have been told to expect an air-assault in force, Zeppelins with a flotilla of aeroplanes pouring down death and destruction from the skies upon the capital city of the hated English. If the object is to scare us, they are doomed to be disappointed. Ours is no faint-hearted race, and we shall be nothing daunted though they succeed in doing their very worst. It may be, however, that the enemy knows this as well as we do, but out of sheer malice he will inflict as much harm as it is in his power to inflict. The result will have no military significance. That must be sought in the operations on the sea, and in France and Flanders.


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