Diary September 29, 1916

aerial reconnaissance of advancing infantry

The value of aerial reconnaissance: this pic clearly shows Allied infantry advancing across captured German trenches during the Battle of the Somme.

Great War Diary for Friday, September 29, 1916:

Western Front

Battle of the Somme: British capture strongly fortified Destremont Farm. Colonel H Elles, aged 36, appointed to command British tank force. Haig orders offensive for October 12.

Eastern Front

Transylvania Battle of PraidSovata (until October 3): Second Army launches last Rumanian offensive.

Air War

Britain: RFC losses 1,195 aircraft since June 12; 1725 gained. RFC personnel losses 415 (all causes) since June 12.

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