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2nd March - 8th March 1915

This Week in 1915

2nd March - 8th March 19153rd March – On the Eastern Front, the Russians recapture the town of Stanislau, taking over 19,000 Germans prisoner

4th March – The German submarine U8 is sunk by HMS Maori off the coast near Folkestone. All the crew are rescued and taken prisoner.

7th March – British aviators bomb Ostend

 

“Amongst the latest precautions for the safety of London is the addition to Buckingham Palace of a bomb-proof roof… At some of the national art and picture galleries precautions against the hostile operations of airships begin at the other end of the building. The most precious treasures, including the Elgin Marbles, have been carried down into the cellars”

  • Keighley News, 27th February 1914

 

Sources

Keighley News Archive (accessed via Bradford Libraries website)

http://www.firstworldwar.com

 

23rd February - 1st March 1915

This Week in 1915

When will the War End?

Signs are observable … of increasing belief in the termination of the war within the limits of the current year. The Prime minister, a man of exceptionally shrewd judgement, with the fullest information at his disposal … remarked that the war might be over sooner than some people might think… Amongst the prophets of optimistic tendencies October is the favourite month named as likely to see the close of the titanic struggle.”                         

- Keighley News, 20th February 1915

February 26thThe Germans use Flamethrowers for the first time at Verdun. However, due to the depth of the French trenches, the Germans achieve little more than the element of surprise.

  • In Clydesdale, British armaments workers go on strike, demanding higher pay

March 1stThe British Government creates the first Women’s Army Battalions

  • At Verdun, French troops are issued with Hand Grenades for the first time. Among the troops who repel a German attack using them is the newly promoted Captain De Gaulle.


Sources

Simkins, P, Jukes, G & Hickey, M The First World War: The War to End All Wars

Gilbert, M First World War

Keighley News Archives (accessed via Bradford libraries website)

Chronicle of the 20th Century


 

16th February - 22nd February 1915

This Week in 1915

  • February 17th – Parliament grant permission to John Norton Griffiths, MP and mining engineer, to begin recruitment for tunnelling companies, using peacetime miners to tunnel under German trenches and plant explosives. This would become a major feature of the war on the Western Front.
  • February 18th – The announcement is made that the Olympic Games, planned to be held in Berlin in 1916, are to be cancelled
  • February 19th – The Allied fleet begins the shelling of the outer forts of the Dardanelles, the first stage of the attacks in that region.
  • February 22nd – On the Eastern Front, the Germans capture the town of Przasnysz from the Russians, taking over 10,000 Russian soldiers prisoner.

Sources

Simkins, P, Jukes, G & Hickey, M The First World War: The War to End All Wars

Gilbert, M First World War

Keighley News Archives (accessed via Bradford libraries website)

Chronicle of the 20th Century