Six months after the Armistice

While nosing about in the digital Times, looking for something else, I came across this little news item from May 22nd 1919:

So, six months after the Armistice, not only were air-raid precautions still in place (and possibly endangering lives),  but a magistrate could seriously suggest  that the  Germans might still send a fleet of Zeppelins to attack, out of sheer wickedness.



  1. Posted August 23, 2010 at 11:55 am | Permalink

    Very odd. From what I gather the lighting restrictions were still in force until later in 1919 for motor cars — why I have no idea — but, I think, had been relaxed for private homes. (Then again during a railway strike in 1919 the latter were temporarily reinstated to save on coal.)

    Perhaps Sir Charles’ concern about Zeppelins is the key — the peace treaty was still being negotiated at this stage, and Germany’s Zeppelins were grounded until it was finalised. In theory I guess they could have been used to attack Britain suddenly, though I’ve not heard of anyone worrying about this before. So maybe the lighting restrictions (part of DORA I believe) were still in effect to guard against this potential threat?

  2. Posted August 23, 2010 at 3:09 pm | Permalink

    Or maybe he was just the kind of magistrate who enjoys using the authority he has been given, even when it is pretty unreasonable to do so.

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