Diary April 20, 1915

German troops are vaccinated against cholera

German troops are vaccinated against cholera on the Eastern Front.

Diary for Tuesday, April 20, 1915:

Eastern Front

Austrian High Command estimate 1,001,000 Austro­-Germans (11 armies) fighting 1,540,000 Russians on 720­-mile front.

Western Front

Flanders: Gas shells test­fired at Hill 60 by German Fourth Army. ‘Hate shoot’ on Ypres kills and expels civilians.
BEF now 18 infantry (1 Canadian, 2 Indian) and 5 cavalry divisions (2 Indian) strong and holding 36 miles of frontline.
Lorraine: Germans recapture Embermenil.

Middle East

Armenia: Kazim Bey besieges Van (1,300 armed Armenians defend against 30,000 Turks).

African Fronts

Uganda: 14 Germans blow up a bridge on Uganda Railway (line again cut on April 27).

Neutrals

USA: President Wilson declares hopes of restoring peace.

Home Fronts

Britain: Asquith speech in Newcastle denies shell shortage. Lloyd George does the same next day.

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