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Hartlepool bombardment: The German sailors' perspective

The coastal towns of Hartlepool, Scarborough and Whitby were shelled by German warships on 16 December 1914 - the first places on mainland Britain to be attacked during World War One.

For more than 40 minutes three German cruisers -the Blucher, Seydlitz and Moltke - pounded the town with shells leaving more than 100 civilians dead, 15 of them children on their way to school.

But the Germans did not escape completely unscathed.

Jonathan Swingler went to Germany to find out the sailor's perspectives on the attack from their letters and diary notes.

  • 15 Dec 2014
  • From the section Tees