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