Diary March 15, 1915

Writing letter in the trenches

Even simple tasks such as writing home were turned by the mud and cold in Flanders into a major operation for this British soldier.

Diary for Monday, March 15, 1915:

Western Front

Flanders: British 27th Division regain lost ground at St Eloi, repulse fresh German attack on March 17.
Aisne: General Maunoury of Sixth Army severely wounded (partially blinded), aged 67, out of war except as military governor of Paris.

Sea War

Mediterranean: Germans decide to send coastal u-boats UB1 and UB8 in sections by rail to Austrian Pola naval base (assembled by c. April 10) and a large U­-boat by sea to Dardanelles, U21 selected on March 17, Kaiser approves on March 30 (UB3 transferred by rail on April 15).
Britain: Admiralty orders 15 Z Whaler type patrol craft, finished by November, based at Peterhead, Shetlands and Stornoway.

Air War

North Sea: First German air attack (bomb misses) on British merchant ship (SS Blonde) in home waters (3 miles off North Foreland).

Politics

Britain: Government reply to U-boat blockade issued, Dedeagach in Bulgaria declared as an enemy base.
Germany: Compensates USA for sinking of William P Frye.

Neutrals

Italy: Army reservists assemble.

Home Fronts

Turkey: Enver Pasha is telling ‘I shall go down in history as the man who demonstrated the vulnerability of the British Fleet. Unless they bring a large army with them they will be caught in a trap.’

Call of War
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