Diary January 12, 1916

Max Immelmann

Max Immelmann, the ‘Eagle of Lille’, one of the first fighter aces, who became a popular hero in Germany.

Diary for Wednesday, January 12, 1916:

Air War

Western Front: Immelmann and Boelcke first German airmen (8 air victories each) to receive Pour le Merite.
Gallipoli: Turco­-German Fokker Es (3 recently arrived) shoot down a second RNAS aircraft off Helles (first previous day); last Allied air casualty of campaign in which British dropped 1,155 bombs weighing total 27t.

Western Front

Argonne: German gas attack in Forges sector between river Meuse and the Argonne.

Southern Fronts

Serb Army evacuation to Corfu begins.
Salonika: Special Allied force blows Demi Hissar bridge on river Struma in presence of Greek troops.

Politics

Austro-Montenegrin armistice (until January 20), broken off.

Home Fronts

Germany: Liebknecht expelled from SPD in Reichstag.
Canada: Parliament votes for $250m war credit and 25% profits tax (debate until May 18).

Call of War
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