Diary March 10, 1916

42-cm-mortar 'Big Bertha'

A 42-cm-mortar Big Bertha in position is made ready for firing.

Diary for Friday, March 10, 1916:

Western Front

Aisne: After 10-hour barrage Germans attack between Troyon and Berry-au-Bac captures valuable ground from French 55th Division; fighting persists (until March 18).
Verdun – Germans recapture Corbeaux Wood: secure foothold at Vaux in first attack on fort. Joffre first visits Petain.
Meuse: French recover German floating mines at St Mihiel.

Eastern Front

Poland: German attacks repulsed east of Koslov.

Middle East

Mesopotamia, Kut: Khalil Pasha letter to Townshend suggests surrender, rejected.

African Fronts

East Africa: 2nd South African Horse retake Taveta after skirmish, British Voi railway reaches it on March 23.

Home Fronts

Britain: East Herts by-election: Airman Pemberton Billing (Ind) beats Tory. Maiden speech demands Air Board on March 21.

Occupied countries

Belgium: Kaiser at Charleville complains ‘I might as well be living in Germany’; Falkenhayn telling him nothing.

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