Diary November 30, 1916

Royal Navy Lanchester armoured cars in Russia

World War One Diary for Thursday, November 30, 1916: Eastern Front Dobruja: ­Russian and RNAS armoured cars (left Odessa November 13, arriving Hirsova on Danube November 27), lead attack (until December 1 with 7 armoured cars damaged) at Topalul aiding… learn more

Diary November 29, 1916

German supply column crosses a ford in Romania

World War One Diary for Wednesday, November 29, 1916: Eastern Front Rumania: BATTLE OF BUCHAREST (until December 3). Falkenhayn captures Ploesti. Rumanian First and Second Armies retreat behind river Arges west of capital at night November 29-30. Sea War North… learn more

Diary November 28, 1916

LVG C biplane

World War One Diary for Tuesday, November 28, 1916: Air War Britain – First daylight aircraft raid on London: at 1150 hours LVG CIV (llges and Brandt) drops 6 x 22lb bombs between Brompton Road and Victoria Station (10 civilians… learn more

Diary November 27, 1916

Two Zeppelins destrroyed

World War One Diary for Monday, November 27, 1916: Air War Britain: 7 of 10 Zeppelins raid Northern England, drop 206 bombs (41 civilian casualties), but 2 Zeppelins lost to 40 defence sorties (record so far). Second Lieutenant V Pyott… learn more

Diary November 26, 1941

Panzer and infantry officers at Klin

World War One Diary for Wednesday, November 26, 1941: Eastern Front Operation Barbarossa: German troops capture Klin 85 km northwest of Moscow. Sea War Pacific: Japanese ‘Carrier Striking Force’ leaves secret anchorage in north Japan and heads for North Pacific,… learn more

Diary November 26, 1916

Hindenburg Line

World War One Diary for Sunday, November 26, 1916: Western Front Germany: OHL issues equivocal instruction on role of forthcom­ing Siegfried Stellung (Hindenburg Line): ‘Just as in times of peace, we build fortresses, so we are now building rearward defences.… learn more

Diary November 25, 1916

French Pre-dreadnought 'Suffren'

World War One Diary for Saturday, November 25, 1916: Sea War Eastern Atlantic:Unescorted French old battleship Suffren (making only 9 kts) sunk with all hands by U-52 off Lisbon. Eastern Front Rumania: Falkenhayn‘s Group Kraftt occupies Rimnik south of Rotenturm… learn more

Diary November 24, 1916

Maxim machine-gun

World War One Diary for Friday, November 24, 1916: Home Fronts Britain: Death of Sir Hiram Maxim, 1889 inventor of modern machine gun, aged 76, London. Air War Germany: 9 RNAS bombers raid Dillingen air works and shoot down a… learn more

Diary November 23, 1916

Major Lanoe G Hawker

World War One Diary for Thursdday, November 23, 1916: Air War Western Front: Richthofen kills Major Lanoe Hawker (Victoria Cross, 9 victories), RFC after epic 35­-minutes duel near Bapaume; the ‘Red Baron’s’ 11th victory. RFC ranges 163 targets. No 25… learn more

Diary November 22, 1916

merchant raider Seeadler

World War One Diary for Wednesday, November 22, 1916: Sea War North Sea: The only sailing raider of the World Wars; German square-rigged Seeadler leaves Germany for South Seas disguised as Norwegian timber ship (had been British-built 1878 and US­… learn more

Diary November 21, 1916

The emperor is dead

World War One Diary for Tuesday, November 21, 1916: Politics Austria-Hungary: JOSEPH OF AUSTRIA peacefully died, aged 86, having told Prime Minister ‘if that is the case [domestic discontent] we must make peace without taking any ally into consideration at… learn more

Diary November 20, 1916

General Alexeyev, Russian Army Chief of Staff

World War One Diary for Monday, November 20, 1916: Eastern Front Russia: Tsar summons Gourko from Special Army to act as Chief of Staff (Alexeiev ill until March 1917), he arrives at STAVKA on November 23. learn more

Diary November 19, 1916

French troops Monastir

World War One Diary for Sunday, November 19, 1916: Southern Fronts Serbia – Fall of Monastir to Allies: Serb and French cavalry ride in 4 years to the day since Serbs captured town from Turks in First Balkan War, 1912.… learn more

Diary November 18, 1916

Russian soldiers in front of Monastir

World War One Diary for Saturday, November 18, 1916: Southern Fronts Serbia: Despite deep snow Serb Danube Division captures Hill 1378, Italians storm Ostretz Hill and two other features (until November 19), French ford river Viro and Russians capture three… learn more

Diary November 17, 1916

British troops Somme first snow

World War One Diary for Friday, November 17, 1916: Western Front Battle of the Somme: First snow falls, night November 17-18. Air War Germany: French bomber pilot Captain Beauchamp in 1/2 Strutter ‘Ariel’ flies epic 812­-mile first ever ‘shuttle’ raid… learn more

Diary November 16, 1916

Albatros D I fighter

World War One Diary for Thursday, November 16, 1916: Air War Britain: Haig asks for an extra 20 fighter squadrons for 1917. RFC capture first Albatros D1 fighter, forced down by a BE2. Somme: RFC helps knock out at least… learn more

Diary November 15, 1916

The Russian Royal Family

World War One Diary for Wednesday, November 15, 1916: Home Fronts Russia: Grand Duke Nicholas warns Tsar of Tsarina and Rasputin’s harmful influence. Germany: 1918 conscript class, all under 19 year, begins to join for training; malnutrition a problem. Western… learn more

Diary November 14, 1916

village of Beaumont-Hamel Somme battle

World War One Diary for Tuesday, November 14, 1916: Western Front Battle of the Somme: British 190th Brigade (63rd Royal Navy Division) with 2 Tank Mk I capture Beaucourt (Ancre) with 400 PoWs, driving major salient into German Ancre defences.… learn more

Diary November 13, 1916

crater of a single mine explosion

World War One Diary for Monday, November 13, 1941: Western Front Battle of the Somme – Battle of the Ancre begins (until November 18): with 10 divisions, 5 tanks and 282 heavy guns in wet fog at 0545 hours Fifth… learn more

Diary November 12, 1916

Portuguese captain

World War One Diary for Sunday, November 12, 1916: Eastern Front Transylvania: Rumanian First Army retreats in Jiu and Aluta Valleys. Middle East South Persia: Sykes occupies Shiraz, organises 3,700 South Persian Rifles and 6 guns by December 1. African… learn more