Diary March 24, 1916

Channel ferry 'Sussex' after torpedoed

Channel ferry ‘Sussex’ after torpedoed. The entire bow forward of the bridge is blown off.

Diary for Friday, March 24, 1916:

Sea War

Channel: British Folkestone­-Dieppe ferry Sussex torpedoed by coastal submarine UB29 (Flanders Flotilla) as suspected troopship, 50 dead, including 3 Americans and Spanish composer Granados.
North Sea: Harwich Force sorties with carrier Vindex (5 planes) to raid supposed Zeppelin base at Hoyer, Schleswig, but 2 planes (lost) find sheds at Tondern instead (March 25). Destroyers sink 2 German armed trawlers but Medusa lost after collision with Laverack.

Politics

Germany: Three Americans die aboard French SS Sussex; US Ambassador in Berlin demands reason (March 27).

Home Fronts

Turkey: Language law makes company use of Turkish compulsory after July 10; also in schools and signs.

Call of War
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