Diary May 12, 1916

French medics trying to rescue a wounded

French medics trying to rescue a wounded in the heavy artillery of Verdun.

Diary for Friday, May 12, 1916:

Western Front

Verdun: German attacks on French centre.

Middle East

Mesopotamia: Captured British general Townshend leaves Baghdad, reaches Mosul on May 19.

African Fronts

Lake Tanganyika: Commander Spicer­-Simpson returns to Lukuga (left on February 21), soon rows with Belgians.

Air War

Britain: Burbidge committee set up to inquire into alleged mismanagement of Royal Aircraft Factory, Farnborough. Chairman Sir R Burbidge, MD of Harreds store.

Occupied countries

Eastern France: German Lille deportation order grants 1 1/2 hours packing; 25,000 deported incl women and girls for farm work (until September).

Home Fronts

Ireland: Prime ministers Asquith’s surprise visit to Dublin (until May 18).
Britain­: Home Office letter to JPs on juvenile crime rise.

Call of War
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