Diary August 20, 1915

Karl Liebknecht forced labor

The voices against the war to be silenced: Karl Liebknecht (in the middle with wheelbarrow) during forced labor on the Eastern Front.

Diary for Friday, August 20, 1915:

Home Fronts

Germany: In Reichstag Liebknecht demands immediate peace talks and votes alone against a new war credit.
Britain: Munitions Inventions Department of 20 scientists and engineers (482 by January 1918) first meets. Kitchener to Churchill: ‘We have to make was as we must, and not as we should like to’.

Eastern Front

Poland: Beseler captures Novo Georgievsk with 90,000 PoWs (including 30 generals) and 700 guns. Gallwitz fighting Battle of Bielsk (August 19-25). 60,000 casualties since July 13.

Southern Front

Isonzo: Italian writer Renato Serra killed on Mt Podgora, aged 30.

Middle East

Britain: Prime Minister Asquith to War Minister Kitchener, ‘… The Generals and Staff engaged in the Suvla part … ought to be court-martialled and dismissed from the Army’.

Air War

Austria: Italy begins sustained strategic ­bombing including by night (31 Caproni Ca2s available 1915); 12 Capronis raid Austrian airfield at Asiovizza.

Call of War
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