Diary June 30, 1917

World War One Diary for Saturday, June 30, 1917: Eastern Front Galicia: Heavy artillery action, German reply includes gas. Commander Locker-Lampson sees Kerensky in Southwest Front HQ train ‘Prodigious effort speaking … and making up by personality for … discipline… learn more

Diary June 29, 1917

Alexander Kerensky

World War One Diary for Friday, June 29, 1917: Eastern Front Galicia: Kerensky order ‘Your C-in-C (Brusilov), beloved through victory, is convinced that each day of delay merely helps the enemy … I call on the Army, fortified by the… learn more

Diary June 28, 1917

US forces arrive in Europe.

World War One Diary for Thursday, June 28, 1917: Western Front France: 14,000 US regulars and marines (2/3 recruits) land at St Nazaire. Verdun: Fierce fighting west of Hill 304 (and Mort Homme on June 30). Germans capture some trenches… learn more

Diary June 27, 1917

Camel chasing a Hannover

World War One Diary for Wednesday, June 27, 1917: Air War Western Front: First Sopwith Camel aerial victory of Royal Flying Corps (with No 70 Squadron first RFC unit to receive fighter, 3 more squadrons receive it July). Western Front… learn more

Diary June 26, 1917

The dying huddled with the dead

World War One Diary for Tuesday, June 26, 1917: Western Front Artois: British occupy La Coulotte. In thunderstorm Canadian Corps begins capture of Avion south of Lens (until June 29). Frankreich: Advance guard of US 1st Division (‘Big Red One’)… learn more

Diary June 25, 1917

Austrian 10cm M10 mounatin howitzer

World War One Diary for Monday, June 25, 1917: Southern Fronts Trentino: At 0230 hours surprise Austrian attack by 7 battalions with 103 guns and mortars in close support recaptures all 3 Mt Ortigara heights and repulses 7 Alpini battalions… learn more

Diary June 24, 1917

Heinrich Gontermann Fokker Dr I

World War One Diary for Sunday, June 24, 1917: Air War Western Front: Germans shoot down 3 BEF Second Army balloons, 2 more subsequently. Independent Jagdgeschwader 1 of Jasta 4, 6, 10 and 11 formed under Richthofen (returned from 6… learn more

Diary June 23, 1917

Seaplane carrier Empress

World War One Diary for Saturday, June 23, 1917: Air War Palestine: Royal Navy Air Service (3 Shorts from carrier Empress) and Royal Flying Corps (7 aircraft) simultaneously bomb Tulkarm station and El Ramie airfield; 8 RFC aircraft (5 lost)… learn more

Diary June 22, 1917

Pershing in France

World War One Diary for Friday, June 22, 1917: Western Front France: Petain tells Pershing French morale very low. Southern Fronts Salonika: British 7th Mounted Brigade (c.2,100 men) begins to embark for Egypt (8th Mounted Brigade embarked from May 31).… learn more

Diary June 21, 1917

Richthofen's Fokker Dr I

World War One Diary for Thursday, June 21, 1917: Air War Western Front: First operational Fokker Dr I triplane fighters delivered to Richthofen’s Jasta 11 at Courtrai. Western Front Flanders: British Fourth Army (Rawlinson) begins operations on Flanders coast (until… learn more

Diary June 20, 1917

Italian Nieuport XI 'Bebe'

World War One Diary for Wednesday, June 20, 1917: Air War Italian Front: 145 Italian aircraft drop 5 1/2 t bombs on South Tyrol, only 26 Austrian aircraft oppose. Southern Fronts Carnia: Italians capture Piccolo Lagaznoi. Western Front France: Petain… learn more

Diary June 19, 1917

inspection of Austrian troops in the Alpine region

World War One Diary for Tuesday, June 19, 1917: Southern Fronts Trentino: From 0600 hours Alpini (15 battalions) storm Mt Ortigara summit (6,906 ft) taking 1,000 PoWs (including Kaiserjaeger) but Austrians hold 6,729 ft peak and Mt Camigoletti although 9… learn more

Diary June 18, 1917

raising gun in the Alps

World War One Diary for Monday, June 18, 1917: Southern Fronts Trentino: Italian guns begin 20-hour shelling of Mt Ortigara­-Lepozze Austrian positions. Air War Eastern Front: German air raid on Dvinsk. Politics USA: President Wilson sees Belgian Mission. Neutrals Switzerland:… learn more

Diary June 17, 1917

Portuguese officer

World War One Diary for Sunday, June 17, 1917: Western Front Flanders: Portuguese Expeditionary Corps first in action. Champagne: French Fourth Army advance between ‘Mountains’ Cornillet and Blond, repulse attack on Mt Le Teton on June 21. Politics France: First… learn more

Diary June 16, 1917

Zeppelin L42 and L63

World War One Diary for Saturday, June 16, 1917: Air War Britain: Strasser (new ‘Leader of German Navy Airships’) rashly attempts London raid on nearly shortest night of year with 4 Zeppelins (2 return early). L42 (Dietrich) fortuitously detonates a… learn more

Diary June 15, 1917

Rise of a patrol

World War One Diary for Friday, June 15, 1917: Southern Fronts Trentino: Austrian attack in Mt Ortigara sector at 0230 hours eventually fails (1,000 PoWs lost). Salonika: In these days Turk 50th Division withdrawn from east of Struma home, to… learn more

Diary June 14, 1917

Germany Navy scouting Zeppelin

World War One Diary for Thursday, June 14, 1917: Sea War North Sea­: Harwich Force destroys Zeppelin L43. North Atlantic: U-boat sinks AMC HMS Avenger. Western Front Flanders: 3rd Australian Division attack Infantry Hill (lose ground on June 18, regain… learn more

Diary June 13, 1917

General Pershing

World War One Diary for Wednesday, June 13, 1917: Western Front France: AEF C-in-C Pershing in 177­-strong party lands at Boulogne, arrives in Paris, met by Foch and Joffre (June 26). Air War Britain: ‘Diamond’ formation of Brandenburg’s 14 GOTHAS… learn more

Diary June 12, 1917

King Constantine I

World War One Diary for Tuesday, June 12, 1917: Politics Greece: King Constantine abdicates in favour of second son Alexander following 24-hour Allied ultimatum from June 11 and leaves country on June 14. Allied blockade raised on June 16. Middle… learn more

Diary June 11, 1917

wounded British soldier receives medical treatment

World War One Diary for Monday, June 11, 1917: Middle East Palestine: Murray told he will be replaced (leaves on June 16). British 52nd Division trench raid causes over 62 Turk casualties near Gaza. Southern Fronts Trentino: Austrians reinforce front… learn more