Diary May 4, 1917

French infantry attack

French infantry attack during the Nivelle offensive.

World War One Diary for Friday, May 4, 1917:

Western Front

Germany: All 52 German reseve divisions of April 1 have been engaged. Allies still have 30.
Aisne: French XVIII Corps captures Craonne and trenches on 3-mile front northwest of Reims.
France: Inter-Allied conference in Paris until May 5. Haig and French commanders unanimously agree to continue offensive with limited objectives to prevent Germans recovering from their second Aisne and Arras losses and to prevent them striking at Russia and Italy, but BEF will make main attack.

Sea War

Atlantic: 6 US destroyers (Commander Taussig) arrive at Queenstown (South Ireland).
Western Mediterranean: U-63 sinks Egypt-bound British transport Transylvania (413 lost) in Gulf of Genoa, but rest of c.3,000 troops saved by escorting Japanese destroyer Matsu.

Air War

Palestine: 5 German aircraft bomb EEF Deir-el-Balah HQ (30 casualties). Royal Flying Corps bomb Beersheba on May 10.

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