Diary April 27, 1916

UC-5 was stranded and captured

UC-5 was stranded and captured by the Royal Navy. She is seen here at Temple Bar pier.

Diary for Thursday, April 27, 1916:

Sea War

North Sea: UC5 (Mohrbutter) captured by destroyer Firedrake while stranded on Shipwash Shoal, towed into Harwich.
Mediterranean: British battleship Russell (124 crew lost) sunk by German new U73 mine off Malta, field of 22 also sinks a sloop, armed yacht (April 28) and a trawler.

Western Front

Artois: German gas attacks (until April 29) south of Hulluch against British 15th and 16th Divisions of First Army. British trench raid near Double Crassier (Loos) following day.

Middle East

Mesopotamia, Kut: ­Townshend – together with Lawrence and Aubrey Herbert – meets Khalil Pasha aboard launch. Former suggests £1 million gold ransom, latter says ‘Your gallant troops will be our most sincere and precious guests’.

African Fronts

Uganda: British frontier and Lake Victoria demonstrations to cover Belgian advance, which starts on April 29.

Air War

Western Front: 16 Anglo-German air combats. Royal Flying Corps aircraft and balloons range 72 artillery targets (65 on April 28, 49 on April 29).

Politics

Turkey: War Minister announces Turkey replaces Italy in Triple Alliance.
France: Allied Paris Commer­cial conference.

Call of War
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