Diary April 18, 1916

Russian cavalry entering Trebizond

Russian cavalry entering Trebizond.

Diary for Tuesday, April 18, 1916:

Middle East

Armenia: Lyakhov occupies Trebizond (Turks evacuated night April 15-16) and engages Turk rearguard 15 miles south next day.

Sea War

Black Sea: Russians capture port of Trebizond. Black Sea Fleet transports 53,000 troops in 2 operations during this campaign.

Eastern Front

Russian general Brusilov reprimands Easter fraternization: ‘I declare once and for all that converse with the enemy is permitted only by gun and bayonet’; officers to be tried.

African Fronts

East Africa: 650 South African soldiers capture Kondoa Irangi (until April 19) from c.400 German troops.
Western Desert: 1,600 British soldiers reoccupy Kharga Oasis evacuated by Senussi, also Moghara Oasis (April 27).

Home Fronts

Britain: Cabinet conscription crisis; Milner and Derby urge it in House of Lords.

Call of War
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