Diary May 21, 1917

 British 12-inch BL Siege Howitzer

Preparing a British 12-inch BL Siege Howitzer for action with a lot of shells.

World War One Diary for Monday, May 21, 1917:

Western Front

Artois: British now hold advanced line of Hindenburg Line from Bullecourt to 1 mile east of Arras (with a 2,000-yard gap) and make gains on Fontaine-les-Croisilles.
Flanders: British Messines Ridge bombardment begins with 144,000t of shells brought up since March. 2,250 guns fire 3,258,000 shells until June 7.

Southern Front

Trentino: Italians foil Austrian Tavignolo valley attacks.
Macedonia: At Serb request Sarrail ends Allied spring offensive after 14,000 casualties for minimal gains.

African Fronts

East Africa: Max Wintgens (typhus, captured by Belgian 6th Battalion and allowed to keep sword, May 23) hands over to Lieutenant Naumann 469 German troops with 2 guns and 12 MGs. They cross Central Railway west of Malongwe 2 miles from 4th Nigerian Battalion on May 26.

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