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The Kaiser's Holiday Palace in French Hands: The Achilleion, Corfu, as a Hospital for the Allies

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AXII I JI ~ 1 S;} i WITH A FRENCH SOLDIER ON ITS PEDESTAL THE KAISER’S “ACHILLES ., IN THE GROUNDS OF THE ACHILLEION.


~71 ·· -o1 i hhAY THE FRENCH FLAG FLYING OVER THE KAISER’S CORFU PALACE: THE ACHILLEION GUARDED BY FRENCH CHASSEURS ALFINS.


TROD BY CHASSEURS ALPIS : THE KAISER’S TERRACED PATH- FROM A LITTLE TEMPLE TO THE SEA


. p .. WITH “ENTRAJCE FORBIDDEN” IN THREE LANGUAGES: THE WELL. GUARDED GATE TO THE ACHILLEIOK.


– ~ ~ ~ – – -lifr ( · – [ PUENC~H GUARDS OF THE KAISER’S PALACE OFF DUTY; CHASSEURS ALPINS IN THE GARDENS OF THE ACHILLEION.


I I -‘ :- SEALED BY THE FRENCH THE ENTRANCE TO THE PRIVATE APARTMENTS OF THE KAISER CLOSED BY ORDER.


The occupation of the Achilleion Palace, at Corfu, by the French caused an immense sensation in Germany, the incident being indignantly proclaimed “a personal insult to the aiser I” she Kaiser, for his part, is said to have been excessively angry also. According to a telegram, he had a message sent to his brother-in-law, King Constantine, to the effect that “he would-hold Greece answerable for any damage done to his property.” On the French landing in Corfu, the Palace was at once given into the charge of a detachment of Chasseurs Alpia (seen on duty in the above illustrations). The Achilleion, or Palace of Achilles, was built in x891, as a summer marine villa, for the late Empress Elizabeth of Austria (wife of the Emperor Francis Joseph) who was assassinated at Geneva in 1898 by the anarchist Luccheni. It remained vacant until g9o7, when the Kaiser, during his visit at the time of his sister’s marriage to the


of Geece, saw it amnd bought it, with the magnificent grounds surrounding the mansion. For the time being, the Achilleion is serving as a military hospital. Some Soo wounded Serbians, *el as a nmunber of French officers, are housed within its sa8 rooms. According to one of the French officers who went round the Palace, the furnishing is elaborate an& costly, but inh rmooio. and of a crude Gemanic type. The general architecture of the building, which has been considerably enlarged and altered since o907, he describes as a mixture of Grecian. eia, enaissance, and Byzantine styles, with many touches of the Teutonic rococo. Large tanks of benaine were found underground in the park, which the German custodian of the Palace were there for use in his Imperial Majesty’s motor-cars when the Kaiser next visited it. The French officers are said to be sceptical, suggesting, instead, a submarine secret base. JM



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