Rewind: The Headlines on October 19th in… (Part II)

Monday October 19th, 1914

Brilliant Naval Feat off the Dutch Coast: Victory for the Hero of the Amphion

Glorious news came from the sea on Saturday, the Admiralty announcing that the British had sunk four German destroyers off the Dutch coast. The vessels taking part in this brilliant victory were the light cruiser Undaunted, and the destroyers Lance, Lennox, Legion, and Loyal. The Undaunted is a sister ship of the Arethusa, of Heligoland fame, and it is a coincidence that on the occasion of their maiden trips these vessels should be successful in accounting for so decided a margin of the enemies ships. The British casualties were only five men wounded, one officer and four men, and the damage to the destroyers was slight.

HMS Undaunted

Thursday October 19th, 1939

Scapa’s Guns Drive off Raid

The Navy’s anti-aircraft guns roared into action again yesterday when Nazi planes soared high above the fleet anchored in Scapa Flow. In Kirkwall, chief town of the Orkneys, a large Nazi plane, flying high, was seen gleaming in the sunshine.

At once the anti-aircraft guns opened fire, but the raider passed to the southward towards Scapa Flow. There it met heavy fire from our ships and shore defences. Even at the great height at which it flew – it was 25,000ft up – the enemy plane was seen to lurch badly. It was later reported to have crashed into the sea off the Scottish mainland.

Scapa Flow

Thursday October 19th, 1950

Bevin Admits Spy in British Embassy Sold Secrets

Mr Bevin, Foreign Minister, admitted in Parliament yesterday that top secrets of the Allies, including details of Operation Overlord, the D-Day invasion of Europe, were stolen from the British Embassy in Turkey and sold to Germany by the Ambassadors valet, an Albanian known to the Germans as “Cicero”.

The story caused a sensation when originally revealed in a book by L.C. Moyzisch, head of the German spy system in Ankara during the war. He said that Cicero was paid £300,000 in Sterling for the documents, although he later admitted that these notes were counterfeit, and made in Germany.

Wednesday October 19th, 1960

Blaze Was Worst Since the Blitz

Manchester Warehouse Destroyed by Fire

Brigade Officers Hurt as Wall Collapses

Fourteen hours after the alarm, firemen were still pouring water into the burning Manchester warehouse, which was gutted early today, causing damage to property and stored goods estimated at over £1,500,000.

It is the worst blaze in the city since the wartime blitz and in a little over two hours premises of at least half a dozen firms were reduced to blazing embers. Two hundred firemen manning 20 appliances surrounded the 350 yard long warehouse block, but nothing could be done to save it.

Two fire officers escaped death by a hairs breadth when a 70ft wall of the seven storey building collapsed. The two men were Station Officers Bernard Jackson and William Atkinson. Both were hit by falling debris as they dashed to safety, but colleagues managed to drag them clear. They were rushed to hospital on stretchers with leg injuries.

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