Britain Attacked

German warships attack towns on the British coast in November 1914.

Germany started laying mines - floating bombs - around the British coast to try and cause damage to ships bringing supplies to Britain as well as to warships.

German warships also carried out attacks on the British towns of Scarborough, Whitby and Hartlepool in November 1914.

Over 100 people were killed in these attacks and hundreds of buildings were damaged.

Although no important military targets were damaged, the attacks shocked Britain and were used as propaganda to encourage men to enlist in the army.

Someone's home destroyed by the German naval bombardment of British coastal towns.

A recruitment poster uses the attack on Scarborough to encourage soldiers to enlist.