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