Diary October 5, 1917

warning of the particularly horrible 'yellow cross' combat gas

German warning of the particularly horrible ‘yellow cross’ combat gas, which could even eat through the uniform and stay in the field for days.

World War One Diary for Friday, October 5, 1917:

Air War

Palestine: Royal Flying Corps Palestine Brigade formed for Allenby’s offensive under Brigade-General W Salmond, 5 new Bristol fighters fly first sortie on October 7 and destroy 2 German fighters on October 8 and 18.

Western Front

Ypres: In 67 days’ fighting BEF has taken 36 square miles; 20,564 PoWs and 55 guns for 162,768 casualties.

Sea War

Adriatic: Austrian torpedo boat Tb11 mutinies and deserts to Italians.
North Sea: Coastal submarine UB-41 mined and sunk off Flamborough Head.

Politics

Peru (and Uruguay on October 7): Governments breaks relations with Germany. 8 German ships interned at Callao, seized on June 14, 1918.
Sweden: Government protests against British seizure of ships in British ports (4 taken over on October 11 as mainly British-owned).

Call of War
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