WW1: Survivors recall Hartlepool naval bombardment

On the morning of 16 December 1914, the shipping town of Hartlepool in north-east England was bombarded by the German Navy during its first attack on the UK's home front during World War One.

During the 40-minute attack, 1,150 shells were fired, devastating large areas of the town. It left 130 people dead and hundreds more injured.

On the 100th anniversary, listen to archive recordings of survivors recalling the attack.

All images courtesy of Hartlepool Culture and Information. Audio courtesy of Teesside Archives and BBC Tees.


Hartlepool Bombardment: How it unfolded on 16 December 1914

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