Constantinople in the Crosshairs of Military Powers This Week 100 Years Ago

One hundred years ago this week, as World War I continued to metastasize, Constantinople commanded the attention of France, Great Britain, Germany and Russia. What we now know as Istanbul has long been of vital importance in the Mediterranean, due to its strategic location between western Europe and the Middle East and Russia. During the Middle Ages, Constantinople was a magnificent metropolis, serving as an eastern counterpart, a power balance, to western Europe’s ‘Eternal City’, Rome. In late February, 1915 plans were being made to bombard and overrun the venerable city.  Below are a few pages from the Sunday Star newspaper as well as a photograph from our manuscript collection of Delaware soldier Francis La Rowe.

Much more about this week 100 years ago can be seen on the full blog Remembering World War I   at  :

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