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1st December – 7th December 1914

This Week in 1914

1st - 7th December 1914 

1st - 7th December 1914


  • December 1st – The Austrian army captures Belgrade. They hold it for only two weeks before it is retaken. John Reed, an American war correspondent, wrote that the university in Belgrade was ‘a mass of yawning ruins… The Austrians had made it their special target, for … among the students was formed the secret society whose members murdered Franz Ferdinand”

Sources

Brown, M The Imperial War Museum book of the Western Front

Gilbert, M First World War

Keighley News Archives (accessed via Bradford libraries website)

24th November - 30th November 1914

This week in 1914

24th November - 30th November 1914

- Advert in the Keighley News, 21st November 1914

  • Two Victoria Crosses were awarded in this week
    • November 24th – Indian Corporal Darwan Singh Nedi is awarded the Victoria Cross for continuing fighting in Ypres Salient, despite receiving two head wounds
    • November 26th – Lieutenant F.A De Pass, a British Officer in the Indian army, posthumously receives the Victoria Cross for his actions over three days in destroying German trenches and rescuing wounded soldiers. He was killed by a sniper whilst attempting to repair a damaged trench.

Both the following are excerpts from letters written home from the front

“It’s a war with no glamour or glory such as one expects in a huge world-wide show such as this. Modern weapons are too deadly, and the whole art of war, and all tactics as laid down in our books, has been quite altered”

  • Lieutenant J.A. Liddell, 2nd Battalion Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, 26th November 1914

 

“Wish I were back dodging cars on Broadway for excitement, am tired of being shot at!”      

                                    – William Thaw, an American Volunteer in the French Foreign Legion, November 27th 1914

 

Sources

Brown, M The Imperial War Museum book of the Western Front

Gilbert, M First World War

Keighley News Archives (accessed via Bradford libraries website)

 

17th November - 23rd November 1914

This week in 1914

“Speaking of the Scots Greys [2nd Dragoon Regiment], a captured German officer said “our men were absolutely terrified of these mad devils on grey horses”
Keighley News, 21st November 1914

 

  • November 17th – “German Regiment lured by spies, all drowned”. French spies opened a number of sluice gates on a dam in North-Western Belgium, causing “a mighty wave of water” that trapped a German battalion deployed on the low lying floodplains.
  • November 21st – The first long range bombing mission of the war was carried out, by British biplanes flying from France to bomb German Zeppelin sheds on Lake Constance. One British aviator who had to make a forced landing was attacked by German civilians and had to be rescued by German soldiers.
  • November 21st – A letter has received by Mr. William Morley of Keighley from his son Herbert, who is in business in Samoa, a German colony later captured by the Royal Navy. Herbert Morley’s letter was dated from the 27th of July, and tells of six German warships docking in Samoa; “probably… just a bit of a show-off”

 

“FORTHCOMING WAR LECTURE... the second of the Daily Mail war lectures - “How British Pluck won through in France”- will be given by the rector of Keighley next Thursday

Sources

Brown, M The Imperial War Museum book of the Western Front

Gilbert, M First World War

Keighley News Archives (accessed via Bradford libraries website)

World War 1 Live (@roadtowar1914 via twitter)