Diary June 23, 1918

German light tank LK II

The German light tank LK II with 5.7 cm (2.24in) gun. The characteristics of a captured British Whippet tank were built into a modified chassis, but until the armistice only prototypes were ready.

World War One Diary for Sunday, June 23, 1918:

Home Fronts

Germany: 580 LK II light tanks ordered from Daimler, none ever delivered before armistice.

Eastern Front

North Russia: British ‘Syren’ and ‘Elope’ forces (600 men under Major-General Maynard) join North Russian Expedition Force at Murmansk; Maynard and 30 men head down Murmansk Railway (June 27), seize it to Soroka (June 29-30) sending back 3 Red troop trains.
Volga: ­Civilian Voroshilov put in command of 1,000-strong Red Tsaritsyn Group (probably by Stalin).
Siberia: White Provisional Siberian Government formed at Omsk, general mobilization soon proclaimed.

Southern Fronts

Piave: Italian Eighth Army reoccupies Nervesa at 1300 hours and then whole of Montello; Third Army captures 2,000 PoWs in Candelu-Zenson sector (Middle Piave).

Air War

Italian Front: First capture of intact Austrian Berg D I fighter (best indigenous Austrian combat type), forced to land at Treviso by Italian fighters. Up to 50 RAF aircraft help harry Austrian retreat.

Call of War
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