Diary August 8, 1917

Turkish officers on the eastern front.

Turkish officers on the Eastern Front.

World War One Diary for Wednesday, August 8, 1917:

Eastern Front

Galicia: Turk 20th Division hands over its sector to German 24th Reserve Division (night August 8-9) before leaving for Constantinople on September 11.
Rumania – Third Battle of Oituz (until August 22): 2 Austro-German divisions attack and force Allied retreat in Trotus valley southwest of Okna. Rumanians counter-attack on August 12-13.

Sea War

Britain: Convoys extended to outward-bound shipping, 18 convoys run from Milford, Falmouth, Queenstown, Buncrana (Scotland) and Devonport, only 2 of 219 ships sunk.
Biscay­: Q-ship Dunraven (Campbell) fights UC-71 for 4 hours, but sinks on August 9 in tow back to Plymouth. U­-boat sinks Q-ship Bergamot (August 13).
Baltic – first 1917 Russian submarine success: Vepr sinks German iron ore steamer in Gulf of Bothnia. Royal Navy submarines move base from Reval to Hangoe, Finland (end of August).

Air War

Germany: First Allied night bomber shot down by fighters near Frankfurt (Main).

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