Bombardment of Scarborough - German navy gun-crew
The raid on Scarborough took place on 16th December 1914. It was an attack by the Imperial German Navy on the British seaport town. German gun-crew are pictured in action from their warship. The attack resulted in 137 fatalities and 592 casualties, many of whom were civilians. The attack resulted in public outrage towards the German navy for an attack against civilians, and against the Royal Navy for its failure to prevent the raid. Date: 1914
© Illustrated London News Ltd/Mary Evans
1st Balkan War - unexploded shell
Macedonia - a Turkish Notable (Dignitary) in his garden looking at a Bulgarian shell which had not exploded. The First Balkan War, which lasted from October 1912 to May 1913, pitted the Balkan League (Serbia, Montenegro, Greece, and Bulgaria) against the Ottoman Empire. The combined armies of the Balkan states overcame the numerically inferior and strategically disadvantaged Ottoman armies, and achieved rapid success. As a result of the war, almost all remaining European territories of the Ottoman Empire were captured and partitioned among the allies, and an independent Albanian state set up. Despite their success, the Balkan states were unsatisfied with the peace settlement, and the tensions among them, with the unifying Ottoman threat gone, would soon result in the Second Balkan War.
© Mary Evans / Grenville Collins Postcard Collection