The Bombardment

The Bombardment: Hartlepool’s 9/11?
A Target with Teeth – Hartlepool’s Defences

On December 16th 1914 German warships launched synchronised attacks on the Hartlepools (at the time there were two towns, the original Hartlepool and the Victorian-settled West Hartlepool) and Scarborough and Whitby further down the coast. At 8am the SMS Derfflinger and Von der Tann, supported by SMS Kolberg laying mines, began shelling Scarborough and an hour later Whitby, while the SMS Seydlitz, Blücher and Moltke commenced the shelling of the Hartlepools at 8.10am.

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