Diary May 14, 1915

Austro-Hungarian soldiers close to Jaroslav

Austro-Hungarian soldiers close to Jaroslav in Galicia.

Diary for Friday, May 14, 1915:

Eastern Front

Galicia: German Guard Corps capture Jaroslav (93 miles from Gorlice). English novelist Hugh Walpole becomes Russian officer in Otriad (Red Cross mobile hospital), reaches Lemberg on May 24.

Western Front

Ypres: Franco-Belgian advance near Het Sas and Steenstraate. British relieve French of 3 miles south of La Bassee canal (night 14-15) as 400 guns prepare Haig’s next blow.

Southern Fronts

Austro-Italian border: Advanced detachments of 3 Austrian divisions from Poland detrain on Isonzo line, main VII Corps body reach Agram.

Middle East

Mesopotamia: Gorringe captures Arab fort in Persian Arabistan, but Turks withdraw to Amara. 2 British aircraft reach Basra, first flights on May 27.

Sea War

Baltic: Russian submarine Drakon twice vainly attacks German cruiser Thetis (initially towing U4).

Home Fronts

Britain: War Council meets, Kitchener accuses Admiralty, fears invasion. Churchill stiffens Gallipoli resolve.
The Times military correspon­dent highlights BEF shell shortage in dispatch prompted by Field Marshal French. Press blame Kitchener.
Venetia Stanley tells shattered Asquith she is marrying E Montague and ceasing correspondence.


Portugal: Navy and Democrats overthrow General Castro ‘dictatorship’ (1,150-1,300 casualties until May 1B). Castro deported to Azores, later flees to Germany.

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