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Old 07-04-2018, 12:10 PM
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4 July 1918

Western Front
Somme: Battle of Le Hamel
: Australians and Americans re-capture village of Hamel and Vaire Wood (east of Amiens). US troops, brigaded with British, in action for first time. Tank-aided (62 Mk V tanks, 3 lost) Australian Corps (Monash, 775 casualties) and 1,000 men of 33rd US Division (134 casualties) capture Hamel south of Somme in model 93-minute all-arms operation (600-gun creeping barrage) on 3 1/2 mile front to 1 1/2-mile depth; 1,472 PoWs; 2 guns; 171 MGs and 26 mortars taken. Australians advance 2,000 yards northeast of Villers-Bretroneux (July 5).
Australian and American troops fighting together at the battle: https://twitter.com/CenturyAgoToday...452546474332161
First air supply in mobile battle. Aircraft of No.9 Squadron drop 93 boxes of small arms ammunition to attacking Australian troops on the opening day of the Battle of Hamel. The drops are conducted from an altitude of 200 feet and two of the twelve aircraft involved are shot down by German ground fire. (Overall, 5 RAF aircraft lost to 5 German fighters and a balloon).
British pilots at Clairmarais aerodrome, France inspecting a map before a mission: © IWM (Q 12067): https://twitter.com/CenturyAgoToday...144251930775552
Champagne: Foch and Petain bring in reserves to meet impending German offensive (confirmed by PoWs and deserters on July 5). GQG 2eme Bureau (Intelligence) correctly says German main effort will be on Marne.
Marne: US I Corps (Liggett) relieves French III Corps west of Chateau-Thierry.
Allied Vickers MG gunners have settled in a discontinued German position: https://i0.wp.com/ww2-weapons.com/w...llung.jpg?ssl=1
British General Herbert Plumer decorating women ambulance drivers for their bravery during air raids: © IWM (Q 6790): https://twitter.com/CenturyAgoToday...174467969437696
Belgian troops march past and salute the US flag as part of American Independence Day celebrations: © IWM (Q 9037): https://twitter.com/CenturyAgoToday...437438272495617
A soldier of the King’s Own Scottish Borderers in a recently-taken German trench in France: © IWM (Q 6819): https://twitter.com/CenturyAgoToday...482749628002304

Southern Front
Continued Italian advance in Piave delta and in Grappa sector.

Asiatic and Egyptian Theaters
Siberia
: Czechosovaks defeat Bolsheviks near Nikolaievsk (50 miles north of Vladivostok) and occupy the town.

Naval and Overseas Operations
North Sea
: 7 German Zeebrugge seaplanes damage 4 Felixstowe flying boats (1 shot down), down another British seaplane (July 18).

Political, etc
Russia
: Siberian Council declare “Independence” (see 6th).
France: American troops marching through Place de la Concorde in Paris to celebrate American Independence Day: https://twitter.com/CenturyAgoToday...543154555518979
United Kingdom: British Government reiterates British right of search, but waives it re: Dutch Convoy to East Indies.
Churchill main speaker at Anglo-Saxon Fellowship, Central Hall, Westminster.
Baseball game is played by US Army and US Navy servicemen at the Stamford Bridge football ground in London. King George V is in attendance: https://twitter.com/CenturyAgoToday...512969512837120
Ireland: Lord Lieutenant of Ireland John French restricts the activities of Sinn Fein, Irish Volunteers, and the Gaelic League, labeling them as “dangerous organizations.”
Turkey: Proclamation at Constantinople of Vahid-ed-Din as Sultan.
The former Sultan, Ottoman Sultan Mehmed V: https://twitter.com/CenturyAgoToday...114048357650433
And the last of the Ottoman Empire, Mehmed VI: https://twitter.com/CenturyAgoToday...416034181337088
United States: At Mt Vernon Independence Day celebration Wilson proclaims Allies’ 4 great aims: 1) ‘Destruction of arbitrary power’; 2) national self-determination; 3) national morality to be like individual’s; 4) peace organization to prevent war.
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Old 07-05-2018, 08:17 AM
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Western Front
Somme: Battle of Le Hamel
: Australian and American soldiers beat back German counterattacks to retake Le Hamel, France. Total German prisoners captured numbers 1,500.
Map showing French and German trenches at Apremont: https://twitter.com/CenturyAgoToday...856593593241600

Southern Front
Albania
: French and Italian offensive in southern Albania begins.

Eastern Front/West Asia Border Theater
Azerbaijan
: Lazar Bicherakov’s 1,200 Cossacks, 6 guns and 4 Duncars land at Alyat (sailed from Enzeli on July 3), 40 miles south of Baku, arrive at Kurdamir (July 8, Duncars in action July 9-19).

Naval and Overseas Operations
Dutch Government accepts conditions re: convoy; Convoy sails.

Political, etc
Austria-Hungary
: Army survey reveals Over 250,000 military deserters, many in armed bands with MGs and even artillery.
Germany: Treaty of Bucharest passes Reichstag.
Russia: Vladimir Lenin’s speech to 5th Congress of Soviets interrupted by Left Socialist Revolutionary (Russian peasant party, expelled July 9).
Lenin at a speech in 1918: https://i2.wp.com/ww2-weapons.com/w...-1918.jpg?ssl=1
Vladimir Lenin and his sister in Moscow heading to the Fifth All-Russian Congress of Soviets: https://twitter.com/CenturyAgoToday...826341517156352
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Old 07-06-2018, 06:13 AM
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Western Front
American medics inside a shell hole at Sérévillers, France: https://twitter.com/CenturyAgoToday...918103166341121

Eastern Front
Left Socialist Revolutionary rebellion against local Reds; after the assassination of Graf von Mirbach (see below), they besiege Lenin in Kremlin (‘Comrade, can we hold out until morning?’) and in Petrograd. Savinkov rebels against Reds at Yaroslav north of Moscow (until July 21) but Red Army retakes town using artillery and poison gas (apparently). The aim of the Left Socialist Revolutionaries is to re-start the war against Germany.

Southern Front
Italy
: Piave delta cleared of Austrians by 23rd Italian Corps; 21,000 men and 63 guns, etc., taken by Italians since 15 June.
Albania: Italian offensive (until July 14): Ferrero’s XVI Corps (53 battalions) with 300 guns (+ 2 Royal Navy monitors) attacks north of its Valona entrenched camp and to east, crosses river Vojusa and General Nigra’s cavalry capture Fieri (July 8), 20 miles northeast, and Austrian Brigade HQ of Berat (July 10). 10-mile advance on on 60-mile front also gains 2000 PoWs, 26 guns and 6 aircraft for 850 casualties, but malaria subsequently creates havoc; French 57th Division conform in Devoli valley taking 700 PoWs.
RAF drop 3t bombs and fire 3,000 MG rounds in support of Italian offensive (1 DH9 lost), but fail to hit Kuchi bridge (hit twice on July 8).
An officer of the Italian Alpini supervises a mountain artillery battery in Albania: https://i2.wp.com/ww2-weapons.com/w...anien.jpg?ssl=1

Eastern Front/West Asia Border Theater
Anti-Red ‘Turkestan Union’ obtain 2 million roubles from British Colonel Redel at Meshed which General Malleson reaches on July 16, sends 250 troops to border (July 19-24).

Asiatic and Egyptian Theaters
Siberia
: Cossacks fight Bolsheviks north-west of Nikolsk (between Vladivostok and Khabarovsk) and Czecho-Slovaks take Nikolsk.
Vladivostok declared under Allied “protectorate”. President Wilson unilaterally suggests 12,000 Japanese troops for East Siberia to rescue Czechs.
Czechoslovak troops in Vladivostok: https://twitter.com/CenturyAgoToday...144588879769600

Naval and Overseas Operations
Northern Adriatic
: Italian submarine F12 torpedoes and sinks Austrian U-20 off Tagliamento estuary.

Political, etc
Russia
: Wilhelm, Graf von Mirbach, German Ambassador at Moscow, murdered (see April 9th).
Declaration of Siberian Independence cancelled (see 4th).
United Kingdom: Publication of Mantagu-Chemsford Report re: Indian Constitutional Reforms.
Silver Wedding of Their Majesties.
United States: U.S. first large airplane (British-designed, US-built Handley Page O/400) launched near New York.
Steam boat Columbia hits a log in the Illinois River, which causes its decks to collapse, killing 88 people: https://twitter.com/CenturyAgoToday...887898095804416
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Old 07-07-2018, 11:14 AM
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Western Front
Australian advance continued on each side of River Somme.
German air-raid mistakenly targets ambulance park at La Panne (village behind Yser): 43 women drivers killed.
1st and 35th Austro-Hungarian divisions arrive on Western Front.
3-inch Stokes Mortar of Australian troops in action, July 1918: https://i0.wp.com/ww2-weapons.com/w...erfer.jpg?ssl=1
French Prime Minister Clemenceau visiting the headquarters of Canadian Major-General Sinclair Maclaghe at Bussy-lès-Daours: © IWM (Q 78841): https://twitter.com/CenturyAgoToday...4210048/photo/1

Eastern Front
Volga
: Stalin cables Lenin, demands full military powers.
Moscow: The Bolsheviks in Moscow crush the Left Socialist-Revolutionary uprising. Bolsheviks are now the sole political power in Soviet Russia.

Southern Front
Albania
: Italians attack on Middle and Lower Vojusa (southern Albania); overall, Italian and French troops advance in southern Albania against Austro-Hungarian forces, taking 1050 prisoners.
Italian trenches in the Alps: https://twitter.com/CenturyAgoToday...9778304/photo/1

Asiatic and Egyptian Theaters
Siberia
: Czechoslovaks defeat Bolsheviks near Chita (east of Irkutsk).

Political, etc
Among Allied powers
: Agreement signed between France, Great Britain, United States of America, and Murman SOVDEP concerning Allied expedition to Murman Coast (see June 30th).
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Old 07-08-2018, 10:51 AM
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8 July 1918

Western Front
Aisne
: Successful French local attack north-west of Longpont (west of Villers-Cotterets); 346 prisoners.
Flanders: British X Corps relieves last French corps.
Members of the British Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps working on a car near Etaples: © IWM (Q 9047): https://twitter.com/CenturyAgoToday...2070528/photo/1
Canadian soldier visiting the graves near Vimy Ridge: https://twitter.com/CenturyAgoToday...0776960/photo/1
A French Salmson aeroplane under construction at Paris: © IWM (Q 51233): https://twitter.com/CenturyAgoToday...9815937/photo/1
What remains of an ammunition lorry after receiving a direct hit at Nieppe forest: © IWM (Q 6846): https://twitter.com/CenturyAgoToday...8098304/photo/1

Eastern Front
Russia
: Left Socialist Revolutionarys in Moscow disarmed by Colonel Vatsetis’ loyal Red Latvian riflemen whom Lenin visits after Red Guards mistakenly fire at his car.

Southern Front
Italians win passage of Vojusa and occupy Fieri (20 miles north-east of Valona); French and Italians threaten Berat (north-east of Valona).
First American wounded in Italy is 18-year-old American Red Cross canteen driver Ernest Hemingway severely wounded at Fossalta di Piave with Arditi by Austrian heavy mortar; Despite his injuries, he assisted Italian soldiers to safety. He receives Croce de Guerra and is hospitalized at Milan.
Ernest Hemingway in the hospital in Milan: https://i1.wp.com/ww2-weapons.com/w...iland.jpg?ssl=1

Naval and Overseas Operations
British monitors aid Italian advance on Lower Vojusa.
Black Sea: German naval staff meeting has acute problems trying to crew ex-Russian Fleet. Ludendorff opposes any gifts to Ukraine or Bulgaria (July 10); gets Kaiser approval (July 12) to put 1 battleship, 5 destroyers and submarines into German service.

Political, etc
Russia
: Declaration of aims to Allies by Siberian Government.
United Kingdom: Report of five M.P.'s re: enemy aliens, recommending stricter treatment.
House of Commons prolongs life of current Parliament to 30 January 1919.
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Old 07-09-2018, 09:04 AM
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Western Front
Major James McCudden, VC is killed in a flying accident at Auxi-le-Chateau in France, when his airplane crashes soon after takeoff: https://twitter.com/CenturyAgoToday...317331633516544
American soldier using a Lewis machine gun mounted on a tree trunk to target German aeroplanes: © IWM (Q 102015): https://twitter.com/CenturyAgoToday...256925040807936

Eastern Front
Volga
: Red Eastern Front C-in-C Colonel Muraviev (militant Left Socialist Revolutionary) rebels at Kazan, sails down Volga to Simbirsk with 1,000 men.
Bolsheviks take Sizran and Bulgulma, and reach Stavropol (north-west of Samara).
Martial law at Moscow.

Southern Front
Successful Italian progress in Albania.

Asiatic and Egyptian Theaters
Siberia
: General Horvath declares himself Provisional Ruler at Grodekovo northwest of Vladivostok.

Naval and Overseas Operations
Announced that ships lost homeward bound to U.K. since 1 January 1918 rather more than 1 per cent.
USA: Henry Ford launches first ‘Eagle Boat’ patrol vessel. 60 of 100 ordered built, PE-1 commissions October 28, 1918.
‘Eagle Boat’ with 615 tons displacemenz and armament of 2x4in guns, 2x3in AA guns, 2 MGs, 1 Y-gun depth charge projector and depth charges. The crew was 72 men and maximum speed 18 knots with endurance of 3,500 miles: https://i1.wp.com/ww2-weapons.com/w...-boat.jpg?ssl=1
Northern Adriatic: Austrian U-19 mined off Caorle, beaches and later plundered by Austrian troops.

Political, etc
Austria-Hungary
: Salzburg Conference opens re: economic relations of Central Powers.
Germany: Admiral Paul von Hintze succeeds Herr Richard von Kühlmann as German Foreign Minister (see August 5th, 1917 and October 4th, 1918).
United Kingdom: Appointments of Mr. J. R. Clynes, M.P. as (British) Food Controller.
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10 July 1918

Western Front
French capture whole of Courcy (village east of Villers-Cotterets).
French female air mechanics looking at a British R.E.8 airplane at Le Crotoy aerodrome: © IWM (Q 12082): https://twitter.com/CenturyAgoToday...347534896369666
American soldier using a Lewis machine gun at Watou, Belgium: © IWM (Q 64336): https://twitter.com/CenturyAgoToday...377730621952000

Eastern Front
Ioakim Vatsetis named new Eastern Front Commander.
A walk-over ? The Kaiser: ‘This is the doormat of our new premises’ – Emperor Karl: ‘Are you quite sure it’s dead?’: https://i2.wp.com/ww2-weapons.com/w...-over.jpg?ssl=1

Southern Front
Albania
: Berat taken by Italian forces (see 6th and February 17th, 1916).

Eastern Front/West Asia Border Theater
Armenia
: Kress wires Berlin from Tiflis that Armenians threatened with extermination. Hindenburg cables Enver ‘as a Christian’ to let 500,000 starving go home (July 29).
North Caucasus: Denikin’s Volunteer Army defeats Red Army (until July 14.

Asiatic and Egyptian Theaters
Persia
: RAF plane flies to Urmia, arranges ammo convoy supply (July 22) for Christian Assyrian Jelus beset by Turks.
Siberia: General Horvath (Czecho-Slovak Commander) establishes new Siberian Government at Grodekovo (north-west of Vladivostok).
British government announce 25th Middlesex Regiment sailing from Hong Kong to Vladivostok.

Political, etc
Russia
: 5th Congress of Soviets adopts RSFSR Constitution.
United Kingdom: Mr. Herbert Asquith on President Wilson and League of Nations.
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Western Front
Flanders
: Successful Australian raid near Merris (north of River Lys).
74 British air-raids in Germany during June announced.
Marne: French deserter informs Germans that Allied tank-led offensive imminent.
Lorraine: First of 4 US radio stations (at Toul) starts to monitor German traffic. First AEF field code in service (July 15), 9 more by Armistice.
French soldiers manning an infantry command post near Antheuil: https://twitter.com/CenturyAgoToday...712429034713088
American gas sentry in a shelter at Watou, Belgium: © IWM (Q 60980): https://twitter.com/CenturyAgoToday...727522279673861
Canadian journalists visiting the 42nd Battalion Scots in the reserve line: https://twitter.com/CenturyAgoToday...999310691618816

Eastern Front
Russia
: Red Simbirsk Province Chairman ambushes and kills Mikhail Muraviev, but Whites rise at Arzamas, Murom, Rostov (Yaroslav Province) and Rybinsk.

Southern Front
Saloniki
: At Supreme War Council General Guillaumat says Balkans autumn offensive will succeed, Greeks had entered war to regain East Macedonia, Clemenceau (July 18) instructs d’Esperey to continue preparations.
Albania: Allied troops extend their gains in southern Albania against Austro-Hungarian and Bulgarian troops, advancing 25 miles and capturing 1800 prisoners in total: https://twitter.com/CenturyAgoToday...015834479333381

Asiatic and Egyptian Theaters
Palestine
: Lawrence at Allenby’s HQ told outline of Palestine September offensive. Allenby informs CIGS that it will be mid-September (July 12), replies no winter reinforcements from France (July 20).
Lawrence of Arabia: https://i1.wp.com/ww2-weapons.com/w...rabia.jpg?ssl=1

Naval and Overseas Operations
Atlantic
: US supply ship Westover (10 lost) sunk in European waters

Political, etc
Germany:
[Listed for yeterday]: German Socialists in the Reichstag declare they will not vote on a budget unless Germany’s war aims are clarified.
Count Georg von Hertling in Committee of Reichstag: “As long as [the Allies’] desire for out destruction exists, we must endure, together with our faithful nation.” Foreign policy to be unchanged.
Russia:[Listed for yesterday]: Soviet Russia adopts its coat of arms with the hammer and sickle and the motto “Workers of the world, unite!”:
Lithuania: Prince William of Urach (Wuerttemberg) accepts the title of Mindove II, King of Lithuania, from Council of State (Taryba). However, Germany, which occupies Lithuania, does not recognize the election: https://twitter.com/CenturyAgoToday...046178817609728
United Kingdom: British Government announces stricter treatment of “enemy aliens” to be adopted.
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12 July 1918

Western Front
Somme
: French capture Castel-Auchin Farm, northwest of Montdidier. Foch asks Haig to be ready to attack in Flanders from La Bassee canal north to liberate Bethune mining district. Haig demurs citing ‘water-logged’ terrain, counter-proposes early advance ‘east and southeast of Amiens, so as to disengage that town and the railway’. Foch agrees and reveals that Debeney (French First Army) is ‘studying an offensive with the same objective’. Petain letter to Haig: ‘I have the honor to request a more complete participation of the British Army in the burdens … weighing on my armies for 3 1/2, months: either by … at least 3 divisions or by an attack launched before 18 July on a suitable part of the front.’ Ludendorff's 5th offensive postponed to July 15.
Australian and American soldiers in a trench in the Villers-Bretonneux Area: https://twitter.com/CenturyAgoToday...076367215783936

Eastern Front
Czechoslovaks capture Kazan (on River Volga).

Southern Front
Albania
: French advance on both sides of River Devoli; Austro-Hungarians retreat.

Asiatic and Egyptian Theaters
Siberia
: Czechoslovaks control Siberian Railway east of Penza.

Naval and Overseas Operations
Japanese Japan’s first dreadnought battleship, the 21,900t, Kawachi destroyed by internal explosion in Tokuyama Bay, 500-700 casualties.
The Kawachi herself: https://twitter.com/CenturyAgoToday...317770021699585
Settsu, sister ship of the first Japanese dreadnought battleship Kawachi from 1911: https://i0.wp.com/ww2-weapons.com/w...ettsu.jpg?ssl=1

Political, etc
Germany
: Count von Hertling in Reichstag on Belgium as a pawn.
Prussian Upper House expels Prince Lichnowsky.
Colonel Bauer note to Ludendorff ‘We will win if the Homeland no longer stabs the Army in the back.’; repeats the view to Düsseldorf Industry Club on July 20.
United Kingdom: Announcement of Allied force on Murman coast.
Denaturalisation Bill passes first and second reading in House of Commons.
Propaganda is advertising …’, by Northcliffe.
Australia: Mr. Huges, Australian Premier, re: no return of German Pacific Islands.
Minor Allies: Haiti declares war on Germany (see June 16th, 1917).
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France
: Petain fixes Mangin’s D-day as July 18. General Haller made C-in-C Polish Army (1 regiment).
Aisne: British XXII Corps transferred south to Ardre Sector.
Erich Ludendorff postpones Operation Hagen indefinitely due to lack of manpower, mostly caused by the flu pandemic.
British and French soldiers playing cards well behind the lines: https://i0.wp.com/ww2-weapons.com/w...diale.jpg?ssl=1
Testing a Rolls-Royce Eagle engine salvaged from a damaged airplane near Rang-du-Fliers, France: © IWM (Q 12069): https://twitter.com/CenturyAgoToday...347991869550593
Soldiers of the Royal Scots, 11th Battalion preparing to launch a daylight raid at Meteren. Their lead officer Lieutenant Charles Kavanagh is killed during the raid: © IWM (Q 11751): https://twitter.com/CenturyAgoToday...408574568321025
French soldier wearing a Tissot gas mask: © IWM (Q 61057): https://twitter.com/CenturyAgoToday...424625070944256
British infantry practicing an attack with a tank and a smoke screen at Sautricourt, France: © IWM (Q 9818): https://twitter.com/CenturyAgoToday...439743758471168
Portuguese gunners receiving instruction from the British on operating the 9.2-inch howitzer: © IWM (Q 7893): https://twitter.com/CenturyAgoToday...686340719308802
British officer and his dog at the Wavans War Cemetery: © IWM (Q 9042): https://twitter.com/CenturyAgoToday...746732292235264

Eastern Front/West Asia Border Theater
Turkestan
: White Russian railway-men massacre Tashkent’s Cheka chief and bodyguard in Ashkabad, but Red Guards repulse drive on Tashkent (July 24).

Asiatic and Egyptian Theaters
Palestine
: Turks attack British positions on Jordan and on Abu Tellul ridges (seven miles north of Jericho).
Siberia: Irkutsk occupied by Czecho-Slovak forces (see October 14th).

Political, etc
France
:[Listed for yesterday]: Pablo Picasso marries Ukrainian ballet dancer Olga Khoklova in Paris. Picasso’s “Portrait d'Olga dans un fauteuil”: https://twitter.com/CenturyAgoToday...378233975820288
United Kingdom: Demonstrators in Trafalgar Square urge the British government to intern all “enemy aliens”.
United States: U.S. Senate unanimously adopts a resolution to celebrate Bastille Day to express friendship with France.
Greece: French General A. Gramat appointed Chief of Staff to Greek Army.
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First time I was ever aware of our Senate's adoption of a Bastille Day resolution in honor of our French allies.
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Western Front
Marne
: 27 German PoWs (chiefly Alsatian) reveal to French Fourth Army timings of impending Champagne-Marne offensive.
Champagne and Marne: Germans gas shell US 3rd Division with 7,500 rounds (15t) mustard gas and phosgene; 600 gassed (9 deaths); US 26th Division at Chateau-Thierry endures 10,000 rounds (20t) mustard gas and phosgene (until July 17); 518 gassed (no deaths).
9 RAF squadrons fly to reinforce French in Champagne despite rainstorms, lose 15 aircraft in action (until July 17).
British soldier bargaining at a market in Saint-Omer, France: © IWM (Q 11073): https://twitter.com/CenturyAgoToday...807149282615296

Southern Front
Albania
: French capture Austrian positions on River Devoli.
Italian, French, and British officers in Granezza, celebrating the victory against the Austro-Hungarians at the Piave River: © IWM (Q 26904): https://twitter.com/CenturyAgoToday...124216850374656

Asiatic and Egyptian Theaters
Palestine: Action of Abu Tulul
: 5800 Turks and Germans (1,000 casualties including 475 Germans and 510 PoWs, 6 MGs lost) attack 2,500 Anzacs and Indian cavalry (c.200 lancers cause 192 Turkish cavalry casualties east of Jordan), unsupported Germans repelled for 70 ALH (Australian Light Horse mounted infantry) casualties (189 total). Ultimate outcome was the defeat of Turks at passages of Jordan and on Abu Tellul ridges, 510 prisoners.
Indian lancers and their British officers in Palestine: https://i2.wp.com/ww2-weapons.com/w...stina.jpg?ssl=1

Naval and Overseas Operations
Mediterranean
: Coastal submarine UB-105 sinks French transport Djemnah (442 lost) off Cyrenaica. British Australia-bound SS Barunga (ex-German SS Sumatra) sunk by U-boat.

Political, etc
Between warring powers
: Provisional agreement between British and German delegates to Hague re: Prisoners of War.
Austria-Hungary: Field Marshal Franz Conrad von Hötzendorf resigns from active service (especially due to Hungarian protests at Piave failure), is made Count and Colonel of all the Guards; General Alexandder von Krobatin (Tenth Army) takes over his Tyrol army group.
France: France celebrates Bastille Day. French soldiers marching in Paris: https://twitter.com/CenturyAgoToday...078919428378624
Soldiers from other Allied forces also march in Paris for Bastille Day. Soldiers of the Czechoslovakian Legion in Paris: https://twitter.com/CenturyAgoToday...094020864757762
United Kingdom: National rationing for sugar (until November 29, 1920), butter (until May 30, 1920), margarine (until February 16, 1919) and lard (until December 16, 1918), national bacon and ham rationing discontinued on July 29. Local jam, cheese and tea rationing for 500,000 to 17.5 million people since early 1918.
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Western Front
Second Battle of the Marne
(German: Unternehmen Friedensturm) begins (see August 7th): Great German offensive on front of 50 miles east and west of Reims, from Chateau-Thierry on west to Main de Massiges on east. Seventh, First (watched by Kaiser) and Third Armies (0435-0530 hours) attack with 43 divisions on 50-mile front after 4-hour barrage (0010 hours, pre-empted by French from 2330 hours on July 14), Germans advance rapidly to the Marne at Fossoy. German fire 500,000 rounds (9,000t) mustard gas, phosgene and diphenylchlororsine; 2,600 gassed (47 deaths) (until July 18).
On east Germans held in check. Petain’s ‘recoiling buffer method of defence’ (Liddell Hart) absorbs initial attack’s 2-mile impetus in lightly-held forward zone and awaits wearying, entangled attackers on a strong rear position. East of Reims German 21-division offensive fails on a 25-mile front north of Roman Road; 20 German tanks in sector all knocked out by French guns.
On west Germans penetrate two or three miles on 20-mile front; cross Marne between Dormans and Fossoy (west of Chateau-Thierry). More success achieved west of Reims vs Italians (8th Division annihilated) and 2 French divisions.
Foch countermands Petain’s 1000 hours order to Fayolle postponing July 18 attack. German 10th and 36th Divisions’ try to force Marne crossing against reinforced US 38th Infantry Regiment. Outnumbered 3:1, pounded by 336 German guns and with both flanks dangling, 3600 Americans stand firm in savage hand-to-hand fighting. 8 German divisions achieve 9-mile, 13-mile deep bridgehead astride Dormans to east.
Paris Gun, in new emplacement near Fere-en-Tardenois, fires 14 shells at French capital (until July 19).
German soldiers with captured British tanks at the Second Battle of the Marne: https://twitter.com/CenturyAgoToday...423691795943425
Champagne: Americans repulse Germans at Vaux.
225 French bombers (25 lost) in 20-30 formations drop 44t bombs on makeshift German Marne bridges. Constant air attacks (until July 20) till Germans evacuate bridgehead. Germans shoot down 37 Allied aircraft for loss of 9.
Quentin Roosevelt, youngest son of President Theodore Roosevelt, is killed in action in aerial combat over France: https://twitter.com/CenturyAgoToday...154419588919296
A French and British soldier fishing in the Somme River near Amiens: © IWM (Q 11072): https://twitter.com/CenturyAgoToday...169517585960961
An American Red Cross tent in Jouy, France damaged by shrapnel after it was bombed by German aeroplanes.: https://twitter.com/CenturyAgoToday...455151231635457

Asiatic and Egyptian Theaters
Palestine
: Ottoman and German soldiers captured by British troops being escorted near Jericho, Palestine: https://twitter.com/CenturyAgoToday...485359745863681

Political, etc
Austria-Hungary
: Count Burian peace memo published.
United Kingdom: British War Cabinet to inform Berlin that British Army will continue to use paper-cored bullets (instead of aluminium) as fully legal and not like ‘dum-dums’.
Ex-Empress Eugenie to Colonel Vernier ‘This League of Nations, what folly!’
United States: US Treasury estimates Allies have 303 million people and $495 billion wealth vs Central Powers’ 147 million people and $134 billion.
"Bath suit fashion parade" at Seal Beach, California: https://twitter.com/CenturyAgoToday...310457201954816
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Western Front
Second Battle of the Marne
(German: Unternehmen Friedensturm): South of Dormans French and Americans counter-attack and take villages of St. Agneau and La Chapelle.
Germans advance up Marne to Montvoison (seven miles from Epernay).
Germany: 12 D.H.9s of No 99 Squadron and 6 D.H.4s of No 55 Squadron attack Thionville (over 93 casualties); 15-wagon munition train explodes; another train hit; serious fires started, and goods station badly damaged. Handley Pages drop 5 bombs in Saarbruecken center (heavy damage). 10 F.E.2s bomb Hagendingen; bomb destroys tunnel shelter (23 casualties) and burns large stocks of fodder and coal.
Western Front, general: Germans claim 37 Allied aircraft for loss of 14.
American soldiers advancing with tanks in a counterattack against the Germans during the 2nd Battle of the Marne : © IWM (Q 69951): https://twitter.com/CenturyAgoToday...772236835139584
New British recruits, mostly teenagers, at a base in Étaples, France: © IWM (Q 23584): https://twitter.com/CenturyAgoToday...802442455007232
British soldiers inside the destroyed church of St. Vaast at Béthune, France: © IWM (Q 11081): https://twitter.com/CenturyAgoToday...832644124168195

Eastern Front
Ex-Tsar Nicholas II, ex-Tsaritsa and family executed at Ekaterinburg (see March 15th, 1917), capital of Red Ural, by order of Ural Regional Council. Tsarina’s sister and 5 Romanov princes executed in nearby Alapaevsk on July 17.
The room with the wall in the Siberian Ykaterinburg, in which the Tsar with family was executed in the night of July 16.-17: https://i1.wp.com/ww2-weapons.com/w...ordet.jpg?ssl=1

Naval and Overseas Operations
North Atlantic
: U-54 sinks sloop HMS Anchusa off Northern Ireland.
Western Mediterranean: Destroyer night collision between HMS Cygnet and Italian Garibaldino sinks the latter off Villefranche (South France).

Political, etc
France
: Trial of M. Louis-Jean Malvy, former French Minister of Interior, on charge of treason.
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Western Front
Western Front at its longest, with 532 miles.
Second Battle of the Marne
(German: Unternehmen Friedensturm): Germans advancing on Epernay, reach Montasin-Chare la Rare (French later recapture. Chare) between Marne and Reims.
East of Reims French defeat Germans south of Prunay.
South-west of Reims French retake and lose Montvoison.
South-east of Villers-Bretonneux Australians advance line.
Germans reach Nanteuil-Pourcy but Italians counter-attack successfully.
General Max von Boehn, Commander of the German Seventh Army: https://i2.wp.com/ww2-weapons.com/w...boehn.jpg?ssl=1
30 German divisions engaged.
17 D.H.s attack Thionville (alternate target for Stuttgart).
German fighter units airborne 7 times trying to stem Allied air attacks on Marne bridges, claim overall 23 aircraft for loss of 6.
General John Pershing, commanding U.S. Army, made (Honorary) G.C.B., and Generals Tasker Bliss and Peyton March (Honorary) G.C.M.G.
At the 2nd Battle of the Marne, German troops continue advancing up the Marne, but lose ground to French and American counterattacks west of Épernay. German soldiers riding on a A7V tank: https://twitter.com/CenturyAgoToday...862847374319616
British troops targeting German aeroplanes near Les Essarts, France: https://twitter.com/CenturyAgoToday...893047348781056

Naval and Overseas Operations
RMS Carpathia sunk by a German U-Boat in the Atlantic. This was the same ship which had rescued survivors from the RMS Titanic in April 1912 and which rescued Moina Michael and hundreds of other stranded Americans in Naples at the outbreak of the war in 1914.

Political, etc
United States
: Definitive US memo on Siberian intervention proclaims the principle of political non-interference (Japan approves on July 18).
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