Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Today -100: May 6, 1915: Of helmets, dalmatians, and POWs

British soldiers are selling captured German helmets to collectors at high prices, but haven’t been able to get many, dead Germans and their helmets tending to be located in hard-to-reach no man’s land.

Serbia is worried that if Italy enters the war, it will demand the Dalmatian Coast, which Serbia considers its future war prize. Serbia hasn’t been told that its French and British allies already made that deal with Italy.

The British government opens all departments to women, so young male officials can be pressured into enlisting.

Headline of the Day -100: 

That treatment of course, was in retaliation for British segregation of prisoners captured from u-boats. Lord Cecil reports that those British prisoners are kept locked in cells and are not even allowed to smoke.  NOT EVEN ALLOWED TO SMOKE. Tory Party leader Bonar Law suggests confiscating all German property throughout the British Empire. Asquith says “The maltreatment of prisoners is a form of cruelty which was not even common in the Dark Ages, and it appears to have been left, as so many other fiendish devices in this great war, to one of the Christian nations to invent and elaborate.”

Tennessee Governor Rye vetoes a bill abolishing the death penalty, saying it would just lead to more lynchings.

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