Diary May 8, 1917

Aerial picture of the German-French frontline

Aerial picture of the German-French frontline during the Nivelle Offensive, which was France’s only major attack on the Western Front in 1917.

World War One Diary for Tuesday, May 8, 1917:

Western Front

Artois: 5th Bavarian Division (176+ guns supporting) recaptures Fresnoy at second attempt (until May 9).
Aisne: French storm and hold trenches near Chevreux (northeast of Craonne) despite counter­-attacks.

Southern Fronts

Salonika – Battle of Doiran continued (until May 9): British night attack from 2200 hours again fails under Bulgar searchlights between the lake and Petit Couronne but gains 500 yards on 2-mile front to west. British losses 1,861 soldiers; Bulgar guns fire 28,874 shells.

Sea War

North Sea: Destroyer HMS Milne rams and sinks UC-26 in Thames estuary.

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