Wilhelm II, Emperor of Germany and King of Prussia ('The Kaiser's Monster Carnival of Terrorism')

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Wilhelm II, Emperor of Germany and King of Prussia ('The Kaiser's Monster Carnival of Terrorism')

printed by Hayman, Christy & Lilly Ltd, published by London Illustrated Weekly Ltd, after Harry Furniss
line block, published 4 February 1915
23 1/8 in. x 29 7/8 in. (586 mm x 760 mm) paper size
Given by Terence Pepper, 2014
Reference Collection
NPG D43327

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Current affairs

The Times Newspaper reports that Britain's Army is suffering from a lack of Ammunition Shells, pointing the finger of blame at the Liberal government. The Shell Scandal forced Asquith to form a new coalition government, bringing Conservatives into the cabinet and demonstrating the need to gear the whole country's economy towards the war effort.

Art and science

As the threat from aerial attack increased, the decision was made to protect the national art collections by storing them in basements or in locations outside London. On 15th October the National Portrait Gallery under the directorship of Sir Charles John Holmes closed its doors to the public and removed paintings from the walls.

International

Stalemate ensues on the Western Front and trench warfare begins as both sides take up defensive positions. While offensive strategies become futile, serious loss of life occurs with the first deployment of tanks and the use of poison gas.
Albert Einstein publishes his General Theory of Relativity, a model of gravitation and cosmology.

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