A hundred years ago today, a German tried to blow our bridge away. Let me introduce to you Werner Horn. He added a bomb to a New Brunswick train bridge to help Germany win the Great War. (Spoiler: Didn’t help.)
Here are six facts about that. Except one is totally not a fact. I just made it up. Can you decide which one?
Werner Horn, The Great War Saboteur // 5 Facts, 1 Fake Fact
1 | A team of German conspirators planned to explode many bridges along the New Brunswick-Maine border in 1915 during Word War I.
2 | However, they decided to blow their hands warm instead of blowing bridges up. Proving the importance of attending all meetings, Werner Horn unknowingly proceeded as the lone bomber in this campaign of
3 | On February 2, 1915, Horn detonated dynamite on the St. Croix-Vanceboro Railway Bridge running from (no surprise) St. Croix, NB, to Vanceboro, Maine.
4 | The explosion yielded 22 fatalities and a maimed train.
5 | Horn eventually stood trial in Fredericton, New Brunswick. He did a couple years of a 10-year term up at Dorchester there before being deported early to Germany because …