I couldn't come up with a topic for B for a long time. This one seemed to interest me and I am sure it would interest you too. Most people in Chennai themselves are unlikely to know about this. I, myself, knew only the gist (just that Madras was once bombed) of the topic. Only recently, I learnt the whole story. Yes, the title says it all. Chennai was bombarded once upon a time. This bombardment happened during the world war I, initiated by the german light cruiser Emden on the 22nd night of September of 1914.
|Oil tanks on fire. Image source: wikipedia|
The Emden ship commanded by Captain Karl von Muller, upon whose orders, fire was opened at the large oil tanks present in the then Madras Harbour. After that, a merchant ship was targeted next. Casualties were mainly from that ship. Many sailors and part of the crew were either injured or killed. By the next half hour the British responded but the Germans escaped. Thousands fled the city.
To tell the truth, there is little information available on this topic. This post is largely sourced from wikipedia.
The reason I wanted to share this post was to spread the news that Chennai had once been attacked by a foreign nation. We have seen that only in Hollywood movies, till now. Well, mostly. It is kinda amazing also weird to know that my city was also attacked by a ship. We would never think that it could happen to us.