Diary July 31, 1916

Diary for Monday, July 31, 1916: Western Front 5 German divisions sent from Western Front to Eastern Front during July. Joffre summons Foch to get him to persuade (vainly) Haig to launch broad-front attacks. Battle of the Somme­: German casualties… learn more

Diary July 30, 1916

Diary for Sunday, July 30, 1916: Western Front Battle of the Somme: Very hot, clear day. Joint Franco-British attack north of Somme improves situation on Allied right flank, Guillemont entered (fighting continues until July 31), Maurepas reached. Eastern Front Germany:… learn more

Diary July 29, 1916

Diary for Saturday, July 29, 1916: Western Front Battle of the Somme: Two failed German attempts to retake Delville Wood. Hand-to-hand fighting north of Pozieres; Germans repulse Australian attack on the Windmill. CIGS letter to Haig, ‘The Powers that be… learn more

Diary July 28, 1916

Diary for Friday, July 28, 1916: Eastern Front Brusilov Offensive resumes. Pripet: 250,000 Russians (gas shell barrage on part of sector) against 115,000 Austro­-German troops. Lesch and Kaledin partly cross Upper Stokhod; Guard Army takes 3 villages, 46 guns, 65… learn more

Diary July 27, 1916

Diary for Thursday, July 27, 1916: Western Front Battle of the Somme: British advance in Delville Wood, fighting continues near Pozieres and at Longueval. Aisne and Cham­pagne: German diversionary attacks. Middle East Arabia: Yenbo (Medina‘s port, including Stotzingen mission to… learn more

Diary July 26, 1916

Diary for Wednesday, July 26, 1916: African Fronts East Africa: Gold Coast Regiment lands at Mombasa (2nd West Indian Regiment arrives on July 27). Western Desert: British-Italian armoured car raid from Sollum. Home Fronts Britain – Commissions of Enquiry into… learn more

Diary July 25, 1916

Diary for Tuesday, July 25, 1916: Western Front Battle of the Somme: All German troops cleared from Pozieres village. Haig, Foch and Fayolle agree joint attack for July 30. Rawlinson diary on Battle of the Somme film ‘Some of it… learn more

Diary July 24, 1916

Diary for Monday, July 24, 1916: African Fronts East Africa: NRFF (1,200 soldiers) defeats Captain Braunschweig’s Southern Detachment at Malangali, drives it towards Iringa. Belgian battalion takes Kasulu. Western Front Battle of the Somme: German counter­attacks at High Wood and… learn more

Diary July 23, 1916

Diary for Sunday, July 23, 1916: Western Front Battle of the Somme: Battle of Pozieres Ridge (second phase of Somme battle) begins (until September 3). Anzac Corps captures Pozieres village, XIII Corps recaptures most of Delville Wood. African Fronts East… learn more

Diary July 22, 1916

Diary for Saturday, July 22, 1916: Southern Fronts Trentino: Alpini battalion and 154th Regiment night attack and gain footing north of Mt Cimone summit (July 23) dominating Arsiero to south (Austrian counter-attacks repelled on July 31), but attack on Bocchetta… learn more

Diary July 21, 1916

Diary for Friday, July 21, 1916: Eastern Front Pripet: Bezobrazov‘s Guard Army (11 divisions, 134,000 men and 396 guns) formed. Brusilov Offensive – Galicia: Austrians retreat and begin to evacuate Brody. Heavy rain (July 23-28) delays Brusilov’s Seventh and Ninth… learn more

Diary July 20, 1916

Diary for Thursday, July 20, 1916: Western Front Battle of the Somme: 778 surviving South Africans relieved at Delville Wood. 4 British divisions begin attacks on High Wood (until July 30). Verdun: Mangin’s French attack in Souville-Thiaumont sector gains ground… learn more