Diary January 20, 1917

Two officers inspect South African infantry

Two officers inspect South African infantry in full marching order.

World War One Diary for (day), (Datum):

African Fronts

East Africa: Hoskins succeeds Smuts as British C-in-C. Main and Kilwa Forces only 40 miles apart, Hoskins flies from Kilwa to GHQ in a BE2c. Only 15,000 fit troops against 8,400 Germans with 20 guns and 73 MGs. Smuts sails from Dar-es-Salaam for London.

Eastern Front

Rumania: Germans decide to halt offensive at river Sereth.

Sea War

Eastern Mediterranean: French Salonika­-bound transport Admiral Magon (5,566t) sunk by U-39 (Forstmann).

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