Diary April 22, 1917

SE5

Despite initial problems with the engine and only one machine gun in front of the pilot (another on the upper wing), the SE5 together with the Sopwith Camel ended the superiority of the German Albatros fighters.

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 Mission arrives in Washington; French Mission arrives New York on April 24.

Secret War

Austria: Allies reject Prince Sixtus peace ap­proach.

Western Front

Artois: Falkenhausen removed from German Sixth Army probably for poor defensive tactics, replaced by O Below (until September 9), Colonel Lossberg already able new CoS, since April 11.

Eastern Front

Baltic Provinces: Hutier made C-in-C German Eighth Army (until December 12), replaces Scholtz. Count Kirchbach takes over Army Detachment D (until December 12).

Southern Fronts

Macedonia: General Scholtz (from Eighth Army, Eastern Front) replaces Below (see Western Front) in command of German Eleventh and Bulgar First Armies (Army Group Scholtz) for duration of war.

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