War Diary December 19, 1914

Preparing to detonate a mine

German officers prepare to detonate a mine under the enemy trenches.

War Diary World War One for Saturday, December 19, 1914:

Western Front

Flanders: Indian Corps (1,672 casualties) heavily engaged by German counter-attack with mining near Cuinchy and Givenchy until next day.
Somme: French repulse attack near Lihons.
Argonne: Sarrail‘s Third Army attacks astride Meuse, miniscule gains for nearly 12,216 casualties.

Middle East

Armenia – First big fall of snow . Enver issues orders for complex enveloping offensive.

Sea War

Britain: Fisher proposes fast lightly armoured 15-inch-gun battlecruiser class to DNC (model by December 24, builders chosen on December 29, keel laid January 25, 1915). Ships become Renown and Repulse.

Air War

Occupied Belgium: Allied aircraft bomb Zeppelin sheds at Brussels (RNAS repeat it on December 24).

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