Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Today -100: August 5, 1915: Of beaten villas, airplanes, ill-feeling, three revolutions, no waiting, and hard dictators

Pancho Villa’s wife leaves Mexico, saying Villa knows he’s beaten.

H.G. Wells wants a fleet of a thousand aeroplanes to fight the war. Planes, he says, fit the individualistic character of the English and French, while Zeppelins are typical of the Germans, with large crews working in unison under orders.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle says that while the Napoleonic, Crimean and Boer wars were followed by no ill-feeling, the beastly conduct of the Germans in this war means they won’t and indeed shouldn’t ever be forgiven. No more German tourists in London, no English art students in Munich, etc.

British Colonial Secretary Andrew Bonar Law says after the war the Dominions (Canada, Australia, South Africa) would have a role in governing the British Empire (spoiler alert: they won’t).

There are three revolutions going on in Portugal.

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