Diary August 26, 1916

Belgian Askaris

Belgian Askaris. Even in 1916 they still wearing the old blue uniform used at the start of World War One.

Diary for Saturday, August 26, 1916:

African Fronts

East Africa: Rhodesians and Baluchis occupy Morogoro on Central Railway (Smuts enters August 27), 115 miles east of Dar-es-Salaam; 28,000 British oxen lost since May 25. Lake Force begins advance south on Tabora, awaits news from Belgians 50 miles to west.

Western Front

Battle of the Somme: German counter-attack near Thiepval. Australians capture heavily fortified Mouquet Farm.

Sea War

Adriatic: Austrian air raid sinks an Royal Navy Otranto drifter (96 on strength on September 10; spending 10 days at sea, 3 1/2 in port).

Air War

Rumania: 2 French pilots arrive at Bucharest from Verdun via London, Oslo and Archangel; request 50 pilots and 55 aircraft from Paris.

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