GWL 2nd February 1916

At night and early morning very cold.  Although in the wilds, I cling to the small things of civilised life & take my morning cup of tea with great content.  On lucky mornings my servant sometimes finds a biscuit.  Alas, this morning I slept on and lo! when I awoke the tea was frozen — Quite true. The other night a Zep paid us, or rather Salonica, a visit.  It did a certain amount of damage and made a most unholy mess of the Ottoman Bank!  Some of the wakeful ones here heard a slight rumpus going on.  Rumours today of a great German defeat in the North Sea, also of bad riots in Berlin.  I wonder.  On Sunday we had a “Makee pray” on the side of the hill, and sang with much éclat “Their cry goes up, “How long”? “

The Zeppelin LZ85 raided Salonika on 1st February 1916.

“Mr. H. W. Nevison, the representative of the Nottingham Guardian, telegraphs from Salonika under yesterday’s date [1st February 1916]: Before three o’clock this morning a Zeppelin dropped nearly 30 bombs on the harbour of Salonika and burned a warehouse near the quay. The killed and wounded are chiefly Greeks. The town is quiet. British and French ships were narrowly missed. Most of the property destroyed belonged to the Banque de Salonique.
“The Rome Tribuna correspondent at Salonika reports that numerous bombs were thrown, resulting in the destruction of a bank and some houses. It was believed that the bombardment was the work of a Zeppelin, but it is thought now that the raid was carried out by a number of aeroplanes. Daily reconnaissances by the Allies’ airmen have failed to disclose in Macedonia the presence of Zeppelin hangars. – Central News.
“A Times telegram states that 16 bombs fell on the town and harbour, killing three Greek, two British and one French soldiers and four Greek civilians, and wounding about 20 Greek and Jewish civilians. Several houses and shops and one mosque were destroyed, and a large depot, the property of the Banque de Salonique, was set on fire and burned to the ground.
“Another Salonika telegram says that no damage of military importance was done, but a Greek warehouse full of sugar, coffee, and oil was completely destroyed.
“German official:
“One of our airships attacked vessels and stores belonging to the Entente in the harbour of Salonika with good results. – Press Association.”
‘Nottingham Evening Post’, 2nd February 1916.

{next post 5th February}

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