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The Spectator at war: Aerial warfare | 14 October 2014

From The Spectator, 17 October 1914:

Last Sunday another aeroplane attack was made upon Paris. It appears that no fewer than five aeroplanes were concerned in the raid, and that twenty bombs were dropped, killing four persons and injuring twenty-two. One of the bombs fell upon the roof of the church of Notre Dame, and was at first supposed not to have exploded. Later reperts, however, showed that it burst and set a beam on fire, though fortunately no serious damage resulted. On the following day a further attack was made by a single aeroplane, which dropped six bombs, without, however, doing any appreciable mischief. It is extremely difficult to understand what advantages the German military authorities hope to gain from such exploits as these. There are indications that they were, in the first instance, directed against the Paris railway stations; but the actual gain to Germany has been the death of four French non-combatants, while the injury to Germany’s reputation as a civilized nation in neutral countries is, as may be gathered from the American Press comments, incalculable.

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