Diary May 30, 1917

French freighter sinks

A French freighter sinks after the attack of a German U-boat.

World War One Diary for Wednesday, May 30, 1917:

Sea War

Allied and neutral shipping losses: 285 ships of 589,603t (German U-boat official history figure 616,316t including 170,626t in Mediterranean). Record of 7 U-boats lost, only 5 comis­sioned. UC-65 (O Steinbrinck) has sunk 72,311t and damaged 51,452t since February 1. 63 Q-ships operating in Home Waters.

Western Front

Champagne: Heavy German attacks on Moronvilliers Massif fail (until May 31).

Secret War

Britain: During May Room 40 finally incorporated into Admiralty Naval Intelligence Division as Section 25 under Commander William ‘Bubbles’ James.

Home Fronts

Austria: Reichsrat meets for first time since March 1914; Polish representatives declare for independence, Serbs, Croats and Slovenes form ‘Yugoslav Parliamentary Club’.

Call of War
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