Diary April 30, 1917

Air combat between British and German fighters

World War One Diary for Monday, April 30, 1942: Air War Western Front: Clashes over front line as German two-seaters strafe British lines. Jasta 11 combined with 2 , 3 and 33 into Jagdgruppe 1 of 20 single-seaters which Royal… learn more

Diary April 28, 1917


World War One Diary for Saturday, April 28, 1917: Western Front France: PETAIN APPOINTED CHIEF OF FRENCH GENERAL STAFF; Paris anxious to restore confidence and apply a break to Aisne offensive without sacking Nivelle (Haig still supports); Fayolle to command… learn more

Diary April 27, 1942

Battleship Tirpitz in Norway

WW2 War Diary for Monday, April 27, 1942: Air War Norway: Halifax and Lancaster bombers attack battleship Tirpitz in Trondheim Fjord (nights April 27-28 and 28-29). 77 sorties, 7 aircraft lost. No hits. Home Fronts Canada – Conscription Plebiscite: voters… learn more

Diary April 27, 1917


World War One Diary for Friday, April 27, 1917: Home Fronts Russia: Lenin chairs Petrograd City Bolshevik Conference (until May 5). Kronstadt Soviet declares itself virtual republic in support (April 29). Britain: Lloyd George speech on U-boat menace. African Fronts… learn more

Diary April 26, 1917

This is how your money can fight - turn it into U-boats

World War One Diary for Thursday, April 26, 1917: Sea War Britain: Admiralty Anti-Submarine Division director urges general convoy system, Jellicoe approves trial convoy from Gibraltar. Schooner Q-ship (NZ skipper Sanders wins Victoria Cross) Prize (first German ship Else captured… learn more

Diary April 25, 1917


World War One Diary for (day), (Datum): Sea War North Sea: UB-18 (Steinbrinck) sinks Royal Navy sub E22 after latter tries to ram. Channel: German destroyers shell Dunkirk, (night April 24-25), French destroyer Etendard sunk with all hands, but Anglo­-French… learn more

Diary April 24, 1917

enthusiasim and waving flags on the Broadway

World War One Diary for Tuesday, April 24, 1917: Home Fronts USA: Liberty Loan Act $7 billions ($3 billions for Allies). Russia: Ukraine demands autonomy. France: 155mm GPF gun first test fired (at Paris). Southern Fronts Salonika – Battle of… learn more

Diary April 23, 1917

German soldiers take cover inside the trench

World War One Diary for Monday, April 23, 1917: Western Front Artois – Second Battle of the Scarpe (until April 24): 9 British divisions (Third Army) with 2,685 guns (vs 1,329 German pieces), 20 tanks (5 disabled) attack on 9-mile… learn more

Diary April 22, 1917


World War One Diary for Sunday, April 22, 1917: Air War Western Front: No 56 Squadron (SE5s) destroys 4 Albatros fighters (1 to Ball) on its first patrol. Macedonia: KG 1 bombs British bivouacs near Yanesh. Politics USA: Balfour’s British… learn more

Diary April 21, 1917

Shoot down of an observation balloon

World War One Diary for Saturday, April 21, 1917: Air War Western Front: Royal Flying Corps destroy 2 German balloons (3 British aircraft lost) and damage 3 more. Arras bombardment renewed. 2 new Sopwith Triplanes of Royal Navy Air Service… learn more

Diary April 20, 1917

Wooden crosses for French soldiers

World War One Diary for Friday, April 20, 1917: Western Front Aisne: SECOND BATTLE OF THE AISNE ENDS. Battle of the Hills ends. After 5 days Nivelle‘s main achievement is Sixth Army’s (Mangin) capture of 4-mile deep salient on Western… learn more

Diary April 19, 1917

German police arrests strikers

World War One Diary for Thursday, April 19, 1917: Home Fronts Germany: Troops and police militarize 2 Berlin factories. Hindenburg appeal published. All still striking by April 21 to be drafted into Army. Britain: More frequent or new publications banned… learn more

Diary April 18, 1917

German 6-in howitzer in prepared to fire

World War One Diary for Wednesday, April 18, 1917: Western Front Somme: British Fifth Army captures Villers Guislain (12 miles south of Cambrai) and Gonnelieu (on April 20, 8 miles southwest). Aisne­: German counter-attack repulsed near Juvincourt. Middle East Mesopotamia:… learn more

Diary April 17, 1917

Execution of a French soldier

World War One Diary for Tuesday, April 17, 1917: Western Front Champagne – Battle of the Hills (Moronvillers) begins (until May 20) in worsening weather: French Fourth Army (7 divisions) fails to break through on east flank taking first line… learn more

Diary April 16, 1917

beginning of the Nivelle offensive

World War One Diary for Monday, April 16, 1917: Western Front Aisne – NIVELLE OFFEN­SIVE (SECOND BATTLE OF THE AISNE) on 25-mile front (until April 20): Despite long preparatory bombardment and first French tank attack, from 0630 hours to nightfall… learn more

Diary April 15, 1917

In a British trench

World War One Diary for Sunday, April 15, 1917: Western Front Artois: ANZAC Corps and British 62nd Division (Fifth Army) repulse major German 4-division attack on Lagnicourt on 7-mile front. Sea War Eastern Mediterranean: British transports Cameronian (22 lives lost)… learn more

Diary April 14, 1917

Canadian soldiers have overpowered a German trench detachment

World War One Diary for Saturday, April 14, 1917: Western Front Artois: Battle of Vimy Ridge and First Battle of the Scarpe 1917 end. 10 men of Royal Newfoundland Regiment (485 casualties) hold Monchy against 3rd Bavarian Division for 5… learn more

Diary April 13, 1917

Canadian troops advance at Vimy

World War One Diary for Friday, April 13, 1917: Western Front Artois: Canadians capture Vimy village and Petit Vimy. British 50th Divison attacks Wancourt Ridge, captures it by April 15. Somme, Oise: French Third Army attack (until April 14) soon… learn more

Diary April 12, 1917

British postcard: America's declaration of war

World War One Diary for Thursday, April 12, 1917: Home Fronts Britain: London meetings celebrate US entry into war, US Ambassador says aim ‘to save the earth as a place worth living in’. Austria: General Stager-Steiner succeeds General Krobatin as… learn more

Diary April 11, 1917

observation post disguised as a shell-blasted tree stump

World War One Diary for Wednesday, April 11, 1917: Western Front Artois: British 3rd Cavalry Division with 2 divisions of Third Army, with 11 tanks, capture Monchy-Ie-Preux and Wancourt, but German line stiffening. Allenby has inflicted 21,000 casualties (incl. 7,000… learn more