The Martians Press Their Attack on London
08-Jun 00:01 – Tuesday
The Martians continued to press their attack on London as the army’s Kingston and Richmond defences threaten to collapse under the impact of the black-smoke, and portions of the fleet mutiny.
In London, as the police go door-to-door encouraging everyone to evacuate, Toni and her fellow suffragists decide to stay to provide what help they can, even as law-and-order slowly breaks down around them.
Morant’s mother and her girls join him as he has decided to stay in London to fight for and protect refugees. To assist this glorious calling Morant decides to promote himself to Colonel and obtains additional supplies for what is becoming a growing militia based in the Underground’s newly completed Waterloo station.
At Tilbury Fort Lieutenant Dullanty manages to secure mounts and sufficient rations and ammunition to last his 2 platoons 5 days in the field, as well as several boxes of dynamite.
08-Jun 00:10 #RailAffected
Telegram to All Staff-South Eastern Railway facilities, from Sir Henry Cosmo Bonsor, Chairman.
ALL RAILWAY FACILITITIES NORTH OF THE THAMES INCL SER STAFF AT CANNON STREET MUST PREPARE FOR AN IMMEDIATE EVACUATION OF LONDON – TRAINS ARE ALREADY BEING FILLED AND SENT NORTH ENDS
08-Jun 01:00 #AnotherCylinder
And now a 5th cylinder, like some brilliant green meteor, crashes to Earth near Bushey Park.
08-Jun 01:10 @ToniWantsToVote
Woken by #loudnoise and #light Came from the direction of #BusheyPark Could it be the #Martians? #heartpounding Checked emergency stores again. Got dressed. Sleeping in #dividedskirts
08-Jun 01:15 @HGWells #London #TheBlackSmoke
08-Jun 01:17 #London #TheBlackSmoke
The Martian’s have learnt since St. Georges Hill and never give the artillery a chance to repeat their earlier success. Wherever there was a possibility of hidden guns being laid, a canister of the black vapor is discharged, and where visible the Heat-Ray is brought to bear.
08-Jun 01:18 @HGWells #London #TheBlackSmoke
The slopes of Richmond Park and Kingston Hill are ablaze, the flames throwing their light upon a network of black smoke, which blots out the whole Valley of the Thames and extends as far as Wells can see.
It is now, for the first time, that he sights two Martians slowly wading through the smoke, turning their hissing steam-jets this way and that to clear the smoke.
08-Jun 02:00 #London
In London, police begin to going door-to-door, waking people and warning them that “the Martians are coming!” In the background and the chaos the bells of every church in London make a jangling tumult.
08-Jun 02:15 #London #RailAffected
At Euston Station fights breakout as people fight savagely for standing-room in the carriages.
08-Jun 02:30 #London #RailAffected #Chaos
Carriages and vehicles clog the roads as they head to Chalk Farm Station, where the North-Western special trains were loading up, instead of coming down the gradient into Euston.
08-Jun 03:18 #LatestNews
The Chronicle brings out its last newspaper, a single-sheet display-insert.
“London in danger of suffocation!
Kingston and Richmond defences forced!
Fearful massacres in the Thames Valley!”
08-Jun 03:50 #London #GovernmentChaos
In Wells’ word: “Its dawn now and as the black vapor pours through the streets of Richmond and the government begins to disintegrate – it, with one last expiring effort, rouses the population of London to the necessity of flight.”
08-Jun 04:00 #GovernmentStatement
Telegram from Commander in Chief Field Marshal Wolseley to all London newspapers:
CinC telegram reads: “THE MARTIANS ARE ABLE TO DISCHARGE ENORMOUS CLOUDS OF A BLACK AND POISONOUS VAPOR BY MEANS OF ROCKETS STOP THEY HAVE SMOTHERED OUR BATTERIES DESTROYED RICHMOND KINGSTON AND WIMBLEDON AND ARE ADVANCING SLOWLY TOWARDS LONDON…
CinC telegram cont: “DESTROYING EVERYTHING ON THE WAY STOP IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO STOP THEM STOP THERE IS NO SAFETY FROM THE BLACK SMOKE BUT IN INSTANT FLIGHT ENDS”
08-Jun 04:05 @BreakerMorant
Woken in the night by loud noises.
08-Jun 04:20 @BreakerMorant
Police order us to evacuate London.
08-Jun 04:26 @ToniWantsToVote
Woken by @londonbobbys going door to door. #evacuationorders #blacksmoke #suffocationrisk #whatelsearetheynottellingus
08-Jun 05:00 #London @HGWells
And now the whole population of the great six-million city is stirring, slipping, running; to pour northward en masse.
08-Jun 05:30 @ToniWantsToVote
Counsel with @graceharwoodstewart and @lizcadbury Decided to stay. @londonbobbys say #blacksmoke is heavy. #wearefrightenedbutdetermined #someonemusthelp #blacksmokewarnings
08-Jun 05:37 @ToniWantsToVote
Lots of activity on #Thames. Boats and ships all over the place. People are in the streets, streaming away from #London
08-Jun 06:30 @ToniWantsToVote
Had breakfast, made plans. @lizcadbury will stay here. @graceharwoodstewart and I will venture out to provide aid. #crowdsgrowingfast #injuriesoutsideourdoors @londonbobbys trying hard to maintain order
08-Jun 07:00 @BreakerMorant
Brown has been talking to refugees. He says the Martians are eating us. Brown reckons this isn’t a war – it’s colonisation. Not comforting!
08-Jun 09:15 #ThunderChild
From the log of HMS Thunder Child, 08 June 1897 09:15 GMT
Arrived off Thames Estuary. Waters are busy with civilian shipping of all manner. Light cloud cover, seas moderate, winds from the northeast, 16 mph. Channel Squadron under Admiral Sir Walter Kerr on HMS Majestic, reinforced by elements of Atlantic Squadron, steaming in line ahead close to shore. Continued wireless interference.
08-Jun 09:19 @LtCarver
From the personal log of Lt Roger Carver, #RoyalMarines, #Thunder Child, 08 June 1897 09:19 GMT
I joined Farmer on the bridge that morning as we entered the great estuary. Captain Allenby appeared on the bridge briefly. He has remained in his sea cabin for much of our time since the battle. When he does emerge, it seems only to brood.
08-Jun 10:00 #London @HGWells
By 10AM co-ordination by the London police is beginning to lose coherency, guttering, softening, and running at last in that swift liquefaction of the social body. @HGWells
08-Jun 10:30 #London @HGWells
3 people have been reported trampled and crushed in Bishopsgate Street, only a couple of hundred yards, from Liverpool Street station. Revolvers have been fired, people stabbed, and the police exhausted and infuriated, are turning on those they were called to protect.
08-Jun 11:00 #London #RailAffected
Engine-drivers and stokers are now refusing to return to London, even as the pressure of the flight drives the people in an ever-thickening mass away from the stations and along the northward-running roads.
08-Jun 12:00 #London #MartianAtBarnes
A Martian is sighted at Barnes, even as a cloud of the slowly sinking black vapor drives along the Thames, cutting off all escape over the bridges to the south, and surrounding a little island of survivors on Castle Hill, alive, but unable to escape.
08-Jun 13:00 #MartiansAtLondon
A Martian is sighted entering London, even as a thinning remnant of the black vapor has appeared between the arches of Blackfriars Bridge.
London Pool appears a scene of mad confusion, fighting, and collision. Boats and barges are jammed in the northern arch of the Tower Bridge, their crew defending themselves against those who swarm upon them from the river front, or who clamber down the bridges piers from above.