Diary February 28, 1917

Women transport blanks for 15 cm shells

World War One Diary for Wednesday, February 28, 1917: Home Fronts Germany: Only 60,000 Auxiliary Service Law Volunteers (mainly women) instead of 200,000 hoped for. Russia: Duma member Kerensky calls for end to ‘medieval regime’. India: Act forms Indian Defence… learn more

Diary February 27, 1917

Browning M1917 machine-gun

World War One Diary for Tuesday, February 27, 1917: Neutrals USA: John M Browning demonstrates his new short recoil, water-cooled machine-gun. President Wilson says Laconia sinking(from February 25, when four Americans drowned) ‘overt act for which he was waiting’. Western… learn more

Diary February 26, 1917

British 13-Pounder anti-aircraft gun.

World War One Diary for Monday, February 26, 1917: Air War Macedonia: 20 aircraft of KG 1 (transferred from Bucharest) surprise bomb French Gorgop airfield; 8 French aircraft destroyed, 4 damaged. KG 1 later bombs Yanesh airfield (RFC), British dumps… learn more

Diary February 25, 1917

Duke Albrecht of Wurttemberg

World War One Diary for Sunday, February 25, 1917: Western Front France: Prime Minister Briand proposes that ‘In order to ensure unity of command on the Western Front, the French General-In-Chief will from the 1 March 1917 have authority over… learn more

Diary February 24, 1917

British troops march through the streets of Kut

World War One Diary for Saturday, February 24, 1917: Middle East Mesopotamia: Turks abandon Kut, retreat west on Baghdad losing 1,730 PoWs and 4 guns but British Cavalry Division fails to pursue vigorously although 2 armoured cars do damage on… learn more

Diary February 23, 1917

Royal Irish Regiment in Mesopotamia

World War One Diary for Friday, February 23, 1917: Middle East Mesopotamia – Main Tigris crossing: 14th Indian Division (350 casualties) makes dawn crossing into Shumran Peninsula 7 miles west of Kut, builds a pontoon bridge and takes 544 Turk… learn more

Diary February 22, 1917

Column of FT-17

World War One Diary for Thursday, February 22, 1917: Home Fronts France: 150 Renault FT-17 light tanks ordered. Southern Fronts Isonzo: Captain Mussolini on Carso (Sector 144) in grenade or mortar shell accident, 4 killed out of 20 soldiers, has… learn more

Diary February 21, 1917

Post at the exit of a glacier

World War One Diary for Wednesday, February 21, 1917: Southern Fronts Trentino: Italian guns destroy Austrian railhead at Tarvis. Macedonia: General Lyautey approves Sarrail‘s spring offensive plan submitted February 8 whose final objective is Sofia. Sarrail finally consults Milne on… learn more

Diary February 20, 1917

donations for war orphans

World War One Diary for Tuesday, February 20, 1917: Secret War Austria: Note invites Prince Sixtus to Vienna for peace talks. Emperor Charles hints at separate peace. Middle East Arabia – First major raid on Hejaz Railway: Captain Garland’s 50… learn more

Diary February 19, 1917

decoded Zimmermann telegram

World War One Diary for Monday, February 19, 1917: Secret War Britain: Royal Navy Room 40 deciphers Zimmermann Telegram full text, shows it to US Embassy, Balfour gives Hall free hand on February 20. Western front Flanders: British take 114… learn more

Diary February 18, 1917

British working party

World War One Diary for Sunday, February 18, 1917: Western Front Somme: British troops repulse German attack on their new positions above Baillescourt Farm (north of river Ancre). Home Fronts Russia: General Khabaiov of Petrograd military district given special powers… learn more

Diary February 17, 1917

BEF labour battalion working party

World War One Diary for Saturday, February 17, 1917: Western Front Somme: 3 BEF Fifth Army divisons (3,800 casualties) gain 500­-1000 yards with 773 PoWs in two attacks at Miraumont north and south of the Ancre (night February 17-18). Alsace:… learn more

Diary February 16, 1917

disabled war veterans learn a new job

World War One Diary for Friday, February 16, 1917: Western Front France: Nivelle visits Haig at Montreuil, latter unaware that Lloyd George dealing with Nivelle direct. Nivelle reviews British 7th Division on February 17. Eastern Front Germany: Hoffmann diary ‘There… learn more

Diary February 15, 1917

trench body armour.

World War One Diary for Thursday, February 15, 1917: Western Front Flanders: German trench raids near Laos, west of Messines and northeast of Ypres. Champagne­: Nivelle’s instructions issued for general offensive. German attack gains them, 858 PaWs and trenches from… learn more

Diary February 14, 1917

Bernstorff, the 'good German'

World War One Diary for Wednesday, February 14, 1917: Neutrals USA: German ambassador Ct Bernstorff sails from Hoboken NJ (home March 14, 1917). Congress votes funds for fortifications and $3.6 million for airships. Sea War Black Sea: 2 Russian destroyers… learn more

Diary February 13, 1917

Mata Hari, the Dutch exotic dancer

World War One Diary for Tuesday, February 13, 1917: Home Fronts France: Mata Hari arrested in Paris. Western Front Artois: British trench raid northeast of Arras (40 PaWs). African Fronts South Algeria, Sahara: 150 rebels repulsed from Ain El Hadjadj… learn more

Diary February 12, 1917

Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany (left) and Emperor Charles I of Austria-Hungary (right)

World War One Diary for Monday, February 12, 1917: Politics Austria: Emperor Charles meets Kaiser Wilhelm II at Vienna and refuses to break relations with USA. Western Front Somme: Successful British trench raid south of Souchez. Eastern Front Bukovina: Germans… learn more

Diary February 11, 1917

D.F.W. Type C.V

World War One Diary for Sunday, February 11, 1917: Air War Western Front – First successful night aircraft vs aircraft combat: Germans Peter and Frohwein in DFW CV destroy 2 French bombers on landing approach to Malzeville (night February 11-12).… learn more

Diary February 10, 1917

attery of British 60-pounder guns

World War One Diary for Saturday, February 10, 1917: Middle East Mesopotamia: 60-pounder battery severs Turk Shumran Bridge at 9,600 yards range and forces it West. Western Front Somme: British capture 1,250-yard wide trench system south of Serre Hill (Ancre),… learn more

Diary February 9, 1917

Operation Alberich

World War One Diary for Friday, February 9, 1917: Western Front Somme – Operation Alberich: Germans begin demolitions with programmed removal of material and civilians between Hindenburg Line and actual front line at the Somme. Meuse: French repulse German attacks.… learn more