Scarborough Castle

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Scarborough Castle

Choppy seas at North Bay Scarborough, Standing above is the remains of the imposing Scarborough Castle which has looked out over the town for hundreds of years, and was damaged itself on Scarborough’s darkest day. In 1914 the Imperial German Navy who could not begin to match the combined might of the Royal Navy were looking to draw out smaller fleets which they they could trap and sink, the method was a series of coastal raids and in December 1914 the Yorkshire coastline was selected as the Germans had believed that the 2 British battlecruisers that would come to face them had been sent to South America for The Battle Of The Falklands. At 8 o’clock on the Morning of the 16 of December the German war ships Derfflinger and Von der Tann appeared out of the mist off the coast of Scarborough and opened fire shelling the town causing many civilian casualties, the castle and the Grand hotel as well as churches were also damaged in the raid. At 9.30 AM the bombardment stopped and the two german battlecruisers headed for the seaside resort of whitby which was also attacked with the Whitby Abbey also damaged. This was the first attack on British soil since the start of the Great War.

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