24/12/1914 Germany sends Britain an early Christmas present

It is Christmas Eve. In the English Channel port of Dover people go about their business, assuming that they have nothing to worry about from the conflict raging across Europe. But the town’s calm is about to be shattered. Just five years ago Louis Blériot was the first man to fly an aeroplane across the Channel. Now German pilot Alfred von Prondzynski repeats the feat, flying to Dover with less peaceful intent. Once he sees Dover Castle and the port below him, he throws a bomb down at the town below. It lands in a garden beside a church, blasting a crater several feet deep. A gardener falls out of a nearby tree he had been pruning but is not seriously hurt. He is the only casualty of the attack.

Alfred von Prondzynski image source (from A University Blog by Dr Ferdinand von Prondzynski, Alfred von Prondzynski’s grandson)

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  1. […] The Sainsbury‘s Christmas advert has become the symbol of the truce this year and the theme of reconciliation was continued in the Queen’s Speech. However, Terri Crocker’s research sheds a different view on the reasons for the Truce of 1914. What a pity the conditions Terri highlights as reasons the truce occurred were not present in Africa. Unfortunately, it wasn’t the rainy season, and although there was an overall lull in the conflict due to the order imposed by the British War Office after the November defeat at Tanga, localised skirmishes continued to take place; including on Christmas Day. And in South West Africa, the South Africans re-started their invasion of the German colony having brought the rebellion in the Union to a close whilst the Germans launched the first of their Zepellin raids. […]

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