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?

Here is Mr. Werner Horn, all dressed up with no place to... blow. (Gregg Centre for the Study of War and Society)

Horn had no love for the love train. (Gregg Centre for the Study of War and Society)

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 boom doom.

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.

There's a good chance this one is true.

You can still see the explosion on Google Maps..

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 …

Written by Peter Cullen

Peter Cullen loves to teach children. He specializes in literacy (elementary level) and has a lot of fun creating games and activities for class lessons. He also writes, manages social media accounts and announces roller derby games.

1 Comment

Paul "PE over NB" Miles

That. Was. Aaaaawesome!
TIL that the crazy and delusional often try to change the world – sometimes they succeed (Hitler) sometimes they fail (New Brunswick)


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