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From The Arthur Conan Doyle Encyclopedia

Reprisal is a letter written by Arthur Conan Doyle first published in The Times on 15 october 1915.


The Times (15 october 1915, p. 8)


Sir, — Surely it is time that these German murders by Zeppelin should be dealt with more firmly. It seems to me that there should be no great difficulty in the matter. If a small avenging squadron of swift British aeroplanes were stationed in Eastern France, and if it were announced by the Government that every raid upon an open town in Great Britain would automatically and remorselessly cause three similar raids on German towns, we should soon bring them to reason. I can well imagine that our airmen would find such work repugnant, but they must bear in mind that women and children have for a long time been sacrificed over here, that all forbearance has been shown, and that no other methods but those of reprisal offer any assurance that we can save civilians from these murderous outrages.

Yours faithfully,

The Hôtel Métropole, W.C., Oct. 14.