By Stephen McGreal
It is usually stated "The first casualty of conflict is the reality" and there's no greater instance of this than the furore as a result of the claims and counterclaims of the British and German Governments on the peak of the 1st international warfare. Wounded allied group of workers have been consistently repatriated via clinic ships, which ran the gauntlet of mined waters and gambled at the humanity of the U- Boat commanders. For, opposite to the phrases of the Geneva conference, on events Germany had sunk the unarmed clinic ships below the pretense they carried reinforcement troops and ammunition. the clicking seized on those examples of 'Hun Barbarity', in particular the drowning of noncombatant woman nurses.
The difficulty heightened following the German Government's 1 February 1917 creation of unrestricted naval conflict. The white painted allied sanatorium ships emblazoned with large purple crosses now grew to become in German eyes valid pursuits for the U-Boats. because the conflict at the nearly a hundred powerful fleet of medical institution ships intensified the British threatened reprisals opposed to Germany, specifically an Anglo-French bombing raid upon a German city.
Undeterred the Germans stepped up their crusade sinking medical institution ships in quick succession. Seven clinic ships struck mines and one more 8 have been torpedoed. confronted with this type of bloodbath of the innocents Britain made up our minds her health facility ships, painted and brightly lit in line with the Geneva conference, may not depend on this immunity. The vessels have been repainted in drab shades, defensively armed and sailed as ambulance transports between safe convoys. Germany had effectively banished health center ships from the excessive seas.
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