Diary May 25, 1917

Bombs in position under the fuselage and wing of a Gotha bomber

Bombs in position under the fuselage and wing of a Gotha bomber prior to a mission against London.

World War One Diary for Friday, May 25, 1917:

Air War

Britain – GOTHA BOMBING CAMPAIGN BEGINS: 21 of 23 Gotha bombers of Kagohl 3 (Brandenburg) fail to reach London due to clouds and 1 lost (shot down by RNAS Dunkirk) attack Folkestone and Shorncliffe army camp with 5.1t bombs in 10 minutes (171 civilian casualties, 116 military casualties – more than in any Zeppelin raid). Home Defence Group allotted 20 extra fighters.
Western Front: Guynemer achieves 4 kills in one day (total 45).

Eastern Front

Russia: Kerensky’s Order for the Offensive of the Army and Fleet declares exhorts ‘Without discipline there can be no safety’.
Bukovina: Kornilov takes over Russian Eighth Army from Kaledin.

Southern Fronts

Isonzo: Italians take two villages and clear Hudi Log salient with 2,000 PoWs.

Sea War

Atlantic: U-boat sinks AMC Hilary (4 lifes lost).

Call of War
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