Diary June 12, 1916

Short pusher instructor biplane

A Short pusher instructor biplane taking the air from a RFC training ground.

Diary for Monday, June 12, 1916:

Air War

Britain: Royal Flying Corps has taken 2,568 aircraft into service and struck off 1,427 in past year or 47.7% wastage. 8,403 aircraft on order (2,970 delivered); 15 training stations with 193 all ranks under instruction.

Western Front

Verdun: Germans carry French forward positions on Hill 321, 4 miles from Fort Vaux. Nivelle’s reserves down to 2,000 men. Tranchee des baionnettes (Ravin de la Dame, c.20 French infantry men of 137th Regiment buried with bayonets fixed) caused but French 21st Division holds.

Eastern Front

Brusilov offensive: Brusilov reports 192,992 PoWs, 216 guns, 645 MGs and 196 mortars captured. First of 4 corps until June 24 reinforces his troops.
Bukovina: Austrian XI Corps only has 3,500 out of 16,000 soldiers left.

Southern Fronts

Salonika: Sarrail ordered not to involve British in offensive and then to postpone it.

African Fronts

East Africa: British occupy Wilhelmstal (570 German civilians surrender). Belgian Southern Brigade beats 700­ strong German rearguard at Ngawiogi.

Sea War

Adriatic: Italian destroyers raid Perenzo, Istria.

Call of War
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