Diary July 31, 1916

British medic listed personal details

A British medic listed personal details of wounded on the Somme.

Diary for Monday, July 31, 1916:

Western Front

5 German divisions sent from Western Front to Eastern Front during July. Joffre summons Foch to get him to persuade (vainly) Haig to launch broad-front attacks.
Battle of the Somme­: German casualties since July 1; 160,000 including in at least 67 counter-attacks; BEF 196,081 (158,786 on Somme) worst month of war; French casualties 49,859.
Verdun­: French casualties 31,000; German 25,969 casualties during July.

Air War

Britain: 8 airships are dispersed by unpredicted winds, 103 bombs scattered over 6 counties (no casualties), Kent­-Notts (night July 31 – August 1).
Western Front: 11 Anglo-German air combats.

African Fronts

East Africa: South African troops take Saranda and Kilmatinde on Central Railway. By July sick ratio to battle casualties 31.4:1; Smuts 200 doctors short.

Call of War
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