Diary October 25, 1917

Italian trench unit is captured by Austrians.

An Italian trench unit is captured by Austrians. Italian fighting morale reached its lowest point.

World War One Diary for Thursday, October 25, 1917:

Southern Fronts

Isonzo: Austro-German pincers close behind Mt Nero. Lieutenant Rommel’s Wurttemberg Mountain Battalion from Alpenkorps seizes Mts Kuk and Cragonza on Kolovrat Ridge with 3,600 Italian PoWs including 4th Bersaglieri Brigade. Austrian 22nd Division seizes Stol Ridge (night October 25-26). Fourteenth Army now has 30,000 PoWs and 300 guns and Second Isonzo Army (over 1,000 casualties) division takes c.4,000 PoWs and 60 guns on Bainsizza. Cadorna refuses Capello’s advice to retreat to river Torre and possibly Tagliamento after General Montuori says at 2100 hours attack can be held.
Salonika: British 27th Division (77 casualties) captures three villages east of river Struma taking 106 PoWs and 1 MG but main garrisons escape.

Politics

Italy: Prime Minister Boselli and Cabinet resign (Orlando succeeds on October 29).
Anglo-French Military Service Convention.

Neutrals

Norway: Polar explorer Amundsen returns his three German decorations because of 17 Norwegian sailors’ deaths in North Sea on October 17, 1917.

Western Front

Aisne: French capture Filain in closing up to river Aillette and Oise Canal; they take 11,157 PoWs; 200 guns; 222 mortars; 720 MGs by October 26 for 12,000 casualties.

Call of War
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