War Diary November 30, 1914

War Diary for Monday, November 30, 1914: Western Front Flanders: Artillery duels. King George V first visits BEF, now 200,000 strong. Artois: Artillery duels. Eastern Front Poland: Battle of Lowicz­-Sanniki until December 17 involves German Ninth Army reinforced by 9… learn more

War Diary November 29, 1914

War Diary for Sunday, November 29, 1914: Western Front Somme: French advance around the village of Chaulnes. Argonne: French recapture Bagatelle. Vosges: French repulse attacks at Ban-de-Sapt. Bavarians forming first ski battalion. Artois: General Fayolle (70th Reserve Division) writes ‘I… learn more

War Diary November 28, 1914

War Diary for Saturday, November 28, 1914: Western Front Artois: German attacks round Arras. French poet Jean de La Ville de Mirmont killed by landmine explosion at Verreiul, aged 27. Eastern Front Carpathians: Russians again secure Passes. Austrian Third Army… learn more

War Diary November 27, 1914

War Diary for Friday, November 27, 1914: Eastern Front Hindenburg promoted to field marshal. Litvinov replaces Rennenkampf in command of Russian First Army due to Lodz fiasco. Western Front Champagne: Germans bombard Reims Cathedral. Southern Fronts Serbia: Serbs retake Covka.… learn more

War Diary November 26, 1914

War Diary for Thursday, November 26, 1914: Western Front Flanders: German attack on Yser canal fails. BEF forms Trench Mortar Service (‘The Suicide Club’) near Bethune, 11 men with two Crimean War 6-inch mortars, but 100 copies of German Minenwerfer… learn more

War Diary November 25, 1914

War Diary for Wednesday, November 25, 1914: Eastern Front Poland: General Schaffer’s 3 German divisions and 140 guns from XXV Reserve Corps escape encircle­ment at Lodz, break out northwest through 4-mile gap with 16,000 Russian PoWs and 64 captured guns.… learn more

War Diary November 24, 1914

War Diary for Tuesday, November 24, 1914: Air War East Africa: Flt Sub-Lt Cutter, RNAS piloting delapidated Curtiss flying boat, spots German cruiser Königsberg at secret anchorage 12 miles up Rufiji Delta (see also December 6, 1914). Western Front Flanders:… learn more

War Diary November 23, 1914

War Diary for Monday, November 23, 1914: Eastern Front Poland: Isolated Germans launch breakout against Russian line Rzgov-Koliuszki southeast of Lodz. Night temperature 10°F. Lechitski’s Russian Ninth Army (14 divisions) only 93,000 men strong instead of 196,000. Western Front Ypres:… learn more

War Diary November 22, 1914

War Diary for Sunday, November 22, 1914: Air War Western Front: Lieutenant A Strange and F G Small of No 5 Squadron return from a reconnaissance mission in an Avro 504 (Lewis gun on jury-rigged rope tackle above observer’s seat)… learn more

War Diary November 21, 1914

War Diary of World War One for Saturday, November 21, 1914: Air War Germany – First British long-range bombing raid: 3 Avro 504s of RNAS (Sqn Cdr Featherstone-Briggs, Flt Cdr Babington and Flt Lt Sippe) starting from temporary base at… learn more

War Diary November 20, 1914

War Diary of World War One for Friday, November 20, 1914: Eastern Front Captured documents tell Russians Germans reading their cipher so key changed, but Austrian Captain Pokorny solves again two days later. Poland: ­Mackensen attacks Russian line, Lowicz-Skiernievitse, southwest… learn more

War Diary November 19, 1914

War Diary of World War One for Thursday, November 19, 1914: Eastern Front South Poland: Austrian Second Army storms Mykanow and Klekoty but blocked by Russian Fourth Army. Conrad complains ‘We…have been holding the door against half Asia’. Plehve‘s Fifth… learn more

War Diary November 18, 1914

War Diary of World War One for Wednesday, November 18, 1914: Eastern Front East Prussia: Russians beaten at Soldau. Poland: Russians retreat on Lowicz, 150,000 men near Lodz encircled on 3 sides by 250,000 Germans; Grand Duke Nicholas countermands retreat… learn more

War Diary November 17, 1914

War Diary of World War One for Tuesday, November 17, 1914: Western Front Falkenhayn begins transferring 9 divisions to Eastern Front, ‘low fighting strength … and bad autumn weather’ ends German Fourth Army attacks. Eastern Front Poland: Fighting around Plotsk… learn more

War Diary November 16, 1914

War Diary of World War One for Monday, November 16, 1914: Eastern Front Poland: Russian rear guards beaten at Vlotslavek and Kutno. Russian I Corps marches 70 miles along bad roads until next day to cover Lodz. Galicia and South… learn more

War Diary November 15, 1914

War Diary of World War One for Sunday, November 15, 1914: Western Front French General Staff issues studies and plans on resumption of offensive, assuming a German retreat after their setbacks at Ypres and on the Eastern Front. Ypres­: Relief… learn more

War Diary November 14, 1914

War Diary of World War One for Saturday, November 14, 1914: Neutrals Italy­: Mussolini launches and edits Popolo d’italia newspaper. USA: ‘Christmas ship’ Jason sails from New York with $ 3 million gifts for war victims. Western Front France: Field… learn more

War Diary November 13, 1914

War Diary of World War One for Friday, November 13, 1914: Eastern Front East Prussia: Russians threaten fortress Thorn, are checked on November 14 but levy taxes on November 15. Galicia: Russians occupy Dunayetz and threaten Cracow. Western Front Ypres:… learn more

War Diary November 12, 1914

War Diary of World War One for Thursday, November 12, 1914: Western Front Flanders: German official communique for November 11 claims: ‘In the neighbourhood east of Ypres our troops advanced further. A total of more than 700 French were taken… learn more

War Diary November 11, 1914

War Diary of World War One for Wednesday, November 11, 1914: Middle East SULTAN PROCLAIMS JIHAD (HOLY WAR) AGAINST ALLIES at Fatih Mosque, Constantinople. Armenia: 4 Turk divisions counter-attack Russian flanks, force their retreat on next day. Western Front FIRST… learn more