Diary May 26, 1915

Royal Engineers steam traction engine

Two members of the Royal Engineers with one of the many types of vehicle used by this versatile corps – a steam traction engine.

Diary for Wednesday, May 26, 1915:

Western Front

Flanders: ‘Two Years’ position warfare (ie completely stalemated, trench warfare) on Yser begun. Death of Captain Grenfell, British war poet (poem ‘Into Battle’ from April), aged 27, at Boulogne from wounds on Railway Hill, Ypres.

Southern Fronts

Isonzo: Italians occupy Brado.

Eastern Front

Baltic Provinces: German Niemen-Armee formed from Lauenstein’s force.

Middle East

Gallipoli: Churchill urges Kitchener to use gas, cables brother Jack ‘… afraid of troops moving in so slowly that you will have to fight whole Turkish Army in relays’.

Sea War

Adriatic: Italy announces blockade of Austria.
Eastern Mediterranean: ­Allies shell Alexandretta, Haifa, Bodrum and Makri.

Home Fronts

Turkey: Enver writes to Talaat on Armenian deportation details already ‘orally decided’.
Britain: Liquor Control Board formed.

Call of War
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