Diary December 28, 1917

Major James Thomas Byford McCudden

Major James Thomas Byford McCudden received his commission on January 1, 1917 flying S.E.5s. As a fighter he was instinctively a loner, preferring to stalk his prey so as to attack unseen from close range.

World War One Diary for Friday, December 28, 1917:

Air War

Western Front: ­Royal Flying Corps ace McCudden shoots down 3 LVGs in 20 minutes (4 kills on December 23).
Italy: Austrians bomb Padua (until December 30), cause 79 casualties, bomb Treviso, Bassano, Vicenza and Castelfranco (December 31).

Eastern Front

Russia: Lenin attends Demobilization Congress which votes for Army’s dissolution; he requests ‘revolutionary units’ to hold front line.

Southern Fronts

Austria: Arz replies to Ludendorff (from December 23), agrees his Western Front 1918 spring offensive will be decisive and Austrian troops will be sent, once no longer needed in Russia.

Call of War
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