01-Jun 00:01 – Tuesday
126 years ago, humanity faced the greatest threat to its existence with the Martian invasion. Recreated through the diaries and newspapers of the time, and with the assistance of H.G. Well’s seminal work (‘The War of the Worlds’), ‘The War of the Worlds – In Real Time’ (@1897WotW) will tell the story of what really happened during that crucial month when the Earth stood on the precipice, and civilization teetered on the edge of extinction. Welcome to HG Wells’ The War of the Worlds in Real Time. A fictionalised docudrama by: Michael Cnudde, Andrew J. Harvey, Leonie Rogers,…
01-Jun 18:00 #LatestNews #Balkans
It was not only Toni, most people were concerned with issues closer to home than Mars. The #GrecoTurkishWar had only finished in May, and the attention of many were still focussed on the Balkans, and the possibility of a fresh outbreak of hostilities. The “Daily Chronicle” for example, led with the following headline on 1 June 1897: “Bulgarian Independence to be Declared” The “Daily Chronicle” Brussels correspondent reporting that “The Independence Belge” attaches some importance to the announcement of a rumour from its Constantinople correspondent that Prince Ferdinand will shortly assume the title: King of Bulgaria. The…
02-Jun 21:05 #RationalDressSociety
The #RationalDressSociety, founded in 1881, listed as its ‘Attributes of Perfect Dress’ Freedom of Movement. Absence of pressure over any part of the body. Not more weight than is necessary for warmth, and both weight and warmth evenly distributed. Grace and beauty combined with comfort and convenience. Not departing too conspicuously from the ordinary dress of the time.
Due to the War no inquest is ever undertaken into what happened so we must rely on Wells’ account. But it appears those who were watching panic and turn into behind to escape. The road, narrow and black between its high banks, acts as a funnel, and they are crushed together. A desperate struggle occurs, that leaves at least 3 persons (two women and a young boy) crushed and trampled, left to die amid the terror and the darkness. Police reports confirm Wells’ estimate that 40 people were killed, a result of the panic, and the Martian’s heat ray.
04-Jun 20:00 #Woking
A police liason with the recently arrived military forces recalled turning back the Woking Fire Brigade’s new 3 horse tender, which had responded to requests from the owners of the Byfleet Golf Links who were concerned at the possibility of fire threating their facilities. The Constable’s actions in turning the five men back undoubtedly saved their lives, and the future of the Woking FC, with whom all 5 men played. The club had only been formed in 1887, and had joined the West Surrey League in 1895–96, winning the title by one point.
06-Jun 16:55 #TilburyFort
At the start of the 18th century, Tilbury Fort was one of the most powerful forts in Britain. However, by 1889, Tilbury Fort’s bastion design had become out-dated. The government considered the defences further down the Thames to be sufficient and Tilbury was therefore not improved. By 1889 Tilbury was largely redundant as a defensive fortification, although it was still in use as a strategic depot. Tilbury Fort served as a mobilisation centre to support a mobile strike force in the event of an invasion, part of the wider London Defence Scheme, and large storage buildings were accordingly added to…
06-Jun 19:28 #Woking
Cardigan, whose handling of his regiment had been pedestrian to say the least, refused to leave the scene of the disaster and was killed shortly after.
07-Jun 10:27 @HGWells #WellsDidntLikeHisIllustrator
In 1899, Well’s published the first edition of The War of the Worlds via a series of serials in the USA. The American publisher included Goble’s illustrations. In the second and subsequent editions (Book II, Chapter 2) in the middle of dealing with a planet blasted by alien war, Wells takes some time to give a bitchy critique of the war reporter’s illustrations: I recall particularly the illustration of one of the first pamphlets to give a consecutive account of the war. The artist had evidently made a hasty study of one of the fighting-machines, and there his knowledge…
07-Jun 22:00 @HGWells #TheBlackSmoke
What Wells had observed was the Martians discharging, by means of the gun-like tube, a huge canister over whatever hill, copse, or other possible cover for guns, which chanced to be in front of them. Some fired only 1, some 2, the one at Ripley discharged no fewer than 5. These canisters smash on striking the ground—they did not explode—and discharge an enormous cloud of a heavy, inky vapor, that spreads slowly over the surrounding country. The touch of that vapor, the inhaling of its pungent wisps, was death to all that breathed it. The Black Dust was…
08-Jun 13:33 @BreakerMorant #TowerOfLondonBreached
It is suspected that the supplies Morant mentions were from the Tower of London, which at that time served as the arsenal of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers. Although how he managed the feat has never been explained. However, the Fusiliers had been positioned east of London to try and hold the London defences against the Martians which would have made a raid easier.
09-Jun 12:22 @SirJDullanty #RotchWood
Sir J Dullanty – whose Scottish estate (Rotch Wood) abutted Balmoral, was a chemist, engineer, inventor, and philanthropist. The Dullenty family often visited when the Queen when she was in residence. The Queen in fact serving as the god-mother to his youngest son. Dullanty had a large laboratory and had often communicated with Alfred Nobel before Nobel’s death in 1896. Sir J Dullanty found himself driven to invent the first gas mask against black dust, as a result of communications from his son. Initially a simple hessian sack with glass goggles, the hood placed over the head and tied…
10-Jun 16:12 #historian?
Concerning Lt Roger Carver’s description of Wells as a ‘fabulist-turned-historian’. Some of the contempt may be due to Wells’ Socialist ideals which Carver abhorred. In defence of Wells’ own account, Wells himself was not a witness to what occurred, and appears to have relied on his brother recollections @hgwellsbro.
11-Jun 05:20 @3rdMarquessOfSalisbury
Robert Arthur Talbot Gascoyne-Cecil, 3rd Marquess of Salisbury KG GCVO PC FRS DL (1830 – 1903) was a British statesman and Conservative politician who served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom 3 times for a total of over 13 years, including during the Martian invasion. Lord Robert Cecil, also known as Lord Salisbury, was first elected to the House of Commons in 1854. Following the death of his father in 1868 he became the 3rd Marquess of Salisbury, moving to the House of Lords. He was the last PM to serve from the House of Lords. After…
13-Jun 22:01 @LtJRDullanty #LondonWeather
(NOTE: records indicate a maximum of 25C – https://www.extremeweatherwatch.com/cities/london-on/year-1897)
14-Jun 09:01 @BreakerMorant #ArsenicIsYourFriend
Before penicillin, Arsenic compounds were used to treat bacterial infections. At the end of the 19th century, a safe dose in humans was well known. In contrast, later investigations into Martian physiology showed why it would be so toxic to them. Internally, they consist of a brain, lungs, heart, liver, kidneys and blood vessels. They have no digestive tract. Mechanically transfusing blood via pipettes from other animals, notably humans, was the only way they could sustain themselves on Earth. Metabolising or excreting arsenic would have been problematic, and it would have accumulated and caused lesions in their skin, liver and…
16-Jun 15:20 #FieldMarshallWolseley
Wolseley had become Commander-in-Chief of English forces in Ireland in 1890. Promoted to Field Marshal on 26 May 1894, he was appointed by the Conservative government to succeed the Duke of Cambridge as Commander-in-Chief of the Forces on 1 November 1895. Despite still recovering from a serious illness at the time of the Martian invasion, he was in Swindon as part of an inspection of the army’s preparations to defend the Gascoyne-Cecil line when the Martians launched their attack.
16-Jun 16:00 @LtJRDullanty #PersonalDiary
I was preparing the unit to move out when we finally heard from Sergeant Hugh. He confirmed that the flying-machine is stabled at Primrose Hill, but that the Martian’s encampment appears heavily fortified. His team is presently camouflaged in a copse of trees between Regent’s Canal and Prince Albert Road. The heliograph has had to be positioned some distance away.
16-Jun 23:40 @LtJRDullanty #PersonalDiary
Arrived at Sergeant Hugh’s camp. No-one enjoyed walking through the tunnels but it certainly kept us unobserved by the Martians.
16-Jun 23:45 @SgtHugh #ReminiscesOnTheWar
From Sergeant Hugh’s Reminisces on the War By the time the Lieutenant found us, Primrose Hill was lit up so brightly by the Martian’s lights that from where we were you could see the dark shadows of the Martian’s moving about, silhouetted against the glare. I was the one who had to deliver the bad news – there was simply no way that we could get close enough to the flying-machine to destroy it. It had landed vertically behind high earthen walls, and was covered by a heavy metal roof that split down the middle like a gigantic…
16-Jun 23:46 #HydrogenIsHighlyInflamable
From the subsequent description it would appear that the Martian’s were using compressed hydrogen to power their flyer, a notoriously unstable fuel unless properly stored.
17-Jun 01:00 @SgtHugh #ReminiscesOnTheWar
Leaving two soldiers behind at the copse Lieutenant Dullanty led 1st and 2nd Platoons towards our target. We were less than 25 yards away when a loud cry of ‘ulla’ indicated we’d been made. “Run,” the Lieutenant yelled, even as I felt the burning fire of the heat-ray sweep over our heads. We reached the shelter of the building just as a crashing sound announced a tripod pounding down the hill towards us. “Fuse!” the Lieutenant called as he pressed a stick of dynamite into the soft ground surrounding the building. I copied him, and realised the metal…
17-Jun 09:00 #Sheen
On their 9th day of confinement in Sheen, Wells wakes to find the curate talking loudly to himself. He is successful in quietening him, but fears that the curate’s increasing irrational behaviour will attract the Martians.
18-Jun 03:00 #RefugeesInOnesOwnCountry
Despite Well’s evocative descriptions of a deserted city, not everyone had left London. Some simply could not afford to, others such as the botanist Ernest Marquand could not leave because of familial responsibilities. Others remained to fight, or to support those who had stayed. Historians now estimate that of the 6.3 million who lived in Greater London before the war, 20% (1.25 million people) stayed in the city. This left 5 million refugees, of whom perhaps only 338,000 would have been able to be evacuated by sea to the continent – fleeing north.
18-Jun 04:00 @HGWells #RegentsStreet
For those remaining in London most hid, but not all. Wells’ Artilleryman later claimed to have seen Regent’s Street ablaze with lights, crowded with painted and ragged drunkards, men and women, dancing and shouting – even as a tripod stood sentinel near by the Langham watching, unobserved. The Martian tripod watched until dawn and then working its way down the street picked up perhaps a 100 of those too drunk or frightened to run away.
18-Jun 10:21 #electromagneticfields
Interestingly, though Maxim was unsure of how the Martian’s tower worked, recent research has confirmed the possibility that electromagnetic fields may be used to control pathogens. See (Mousavian-Roshanzamir S, Makhdoumi-Kakhki A. The Inhibitory Effects of Static Magnetic Field on Escherichia coli from two Different Sources at Short Exposure Time. Rep Biochem Mol Biol. 2017 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5346279/) Why Wells did not discuss this development in his history remains something of a mystery. It is possible that comments exchanged between Carver and Wells later that year, may have contributed to this.
18-Jun 11:02 #peoplecanfly
Although no photograph of Maxim’s improved flying machine is known to exist, his earlier craft is pictured. Built in 1894, It was powered by two lightweight 180-horsepower steam engines, achieved forty miles per hour at launch, and flew two hundred feet before crashing. It had been believed that Maxim lost interest in flying after this failure, however, his journal makes it quite clear this was not the case. Maxim’s journal records his interest in the work by Franco-American inventor Emile Lamm (1834 – 1873) who developed a “fireless steam engine” that ran on ammonia for potential use with city…
18-Jun 11:30 @HGWells #DeathOfTheCurate #Sheen
It is the 10th day of Wells confinement to the collapsed house in Sheen and, after a sleepless night, once again Wells wakens to the curate praying loudly. Wells attempts to quieten him, but the curate rises to his knees, and in a voice that Wells later states must have reached the pit, cries: “I have been still too long and must now bear my witness. Woe unto this unfaithful city! Woe! to the inhabitants of the earth.” Wells describes rising to his feet in a terror lest the Martians hear them. But the curate simply continues shouting,…
19-Jun 10:00 @HGWells #WellsEmerges
Alone in the scullery, his mouth and throat parched, Wells sits in the darkness, in a state of despondent wretchedness. Outside he hears only silence from the pit, but feels too weak to investigate.
19-Jun 22:03 #MartianLaunchersDestroyed
Persephone’s comment that the Martian’s failure to send more capsules was “perhaps a problem with their launcher,” was more accurate than she had guessed at the time. Recent investigations for this production have confirmed that the Martian launcher was in fact destroyed by a by a powerful beam of electromagnetic energy projected by Mr. Nikola Tesla from his laboratory in Colorado Springs, U.S.A. The search for the Martian launcher, begun at the invasion’s onset, was a carried out by observatories around the world linked by telegraph. Once again, as Carter confirmed this in a note added to his…
20-Jun 12:00 @HGWells
On the 12th day of his imprisonment Well’s throat is so painful that, taking the chance of alarming the Martians, he attacks the creaking rain-water pump that stands by the sink, and gets a couple of glassfuls of blackened and tainted rain-water.
21-Jun 07:51 @lizdispengarrett
Dr. Elizabeth Garrett Anderson (9 June 1836 – 8 June 1897) was an English physician and suffragist. She was the first woman to qualify in Britain as a physician and surgeon. She was the co-founder of the first hospital staffed by women, the first dean of a British medical school, the first woman in Britain to be elected to a school board. If not for her death during the Martian War it is quite possible that she might have been elected mayor of Aldeburgh, her father had been mayor in 1889 and, as mayor of Aldeburgh she would have been…
21-Jun 13:00 #ImpossiblePlans
On the 13th day Wells spends his time drinking more water, dozing and thinking of vague impossible plans of escape. He dreams of horrible phantasms, of the death of the curate, or of sumptuous dinners; but, asleep or awake, he feels a keen pain to drink again and again.
22-Jun 14:00 @HGWells #RedWeed
On the 14th day of his confinement Wells enters the kitchen, and is surprised to find that the fronds of the red weed had grown right across the hole in the wall, turning the half-light of the place into a crimson-coloured obscurity.
24-Jun 19:45 @EdwardMosleyAKATheArtilleryman
This program has for the first time been able to confirm the identity of Well’s un-named artilleryman as Edward Mosley, the founder of British Fascism. Mosley, the founder of the British Union, promoted the legitimacy of political violence in his work “Reflections on Violence” (1908) and other works in which he advocated radical syndicalist action to achieve a revolution to overthrow capitalism and the bourgeoisie. In his work “The Illusions of Progress”, (1910) Mosley denounced democracy as reactionary, writing “nothing is more aristocratic than democracy.” During the German War, Mosley was detained under Defence Reg 18D and on his eventual release retired from public…
26-Jun 03:45 #MartiansOverthrown
26-Jun 03:50 #MartiansOverthrown
Now, even as the sun rises over the ruins of London, the news is flashed all over the world; a thousand cities, chilled by ghastly apprehensions, suddenly flash into frantic illuminations; they knew of it in Dublin, Edinburgh, Manchester, Birmingham.
26-Jun 04:50 #BellsRingOut
The news of the Martians continues to spread, and the church bells that had ceased a fortnight ago, catching the news, now ring out across England. #MartiansOverthrown
Men on cycles, lean-faced, unkempt, scorch along country lanes shouting of unhoped deliverance to gaunt, staring figures of despair. And across the Channel, across the Irish Sea, across the Atlantic: corn, bread, and meat are tearing to England’s relief.
26-Jun 06:30 #AllTheShippingInTheWorld
27-Jun 08:23 #LettersPatent
(NB Letters Patent are a legal instrument in the form of a published written order issued by the monarch that grants an office, right, monopoly, title or status to a person or corporation.)
27-Jun 08:24 #ALongHeldSecret
Interestingly, although the United Kingdoms Public Records Act 1958 stated that generally public records will become available for public inspection after 50 years, the fact that all properties belonging to the Martians were to be held in the Queen’s name by @EarlRotchWood remained a secret until last year.
A Farewell to Arms
‘Postscript & Afterwords’ While bidding farewell to those who have shared their lives with us over the past month, we should remember that many of those who survived the Martian invasion would continue to suffer its consequences for the rest of their lives. Indeed, while Well’s was eventually re-united with his wife, he continued to suffer, as many others did, the trauma of what they had lived through during that terrible time. The last words of his seminal work provide some insight into that: ‘I must confess the stress and danger of that time have left an…
Authors & Afterwords
Authored by: Michael Cnudde Andrew Harvey Leonie Rogers Ken Vickory HG Wells Copyright Hague Publishing 2023 Interested in finding out what happened to Toni, Breaker, Roger, Maxim, and other characters mentioned in this fictionalised docudrama – then read on ….