War Diary January 2, 1915

British soldiers winter 1914-15

The winter of 1914-15 saw the onset of trench warfare under conditions which emphasised the deficiencies of clothing and equipment. Protective coats and jerkins of leather and goatskin were issued to British soldiers.

War Diary World War One for Saturday, January 2, 1915:

Western Front

Flanders: Heavy rain ham­pers operations. King Albert vetoes against BEF­-Belgian Army amalgamation idea.
Somme: French gains near Verrelles.

Eastern Front

Poland: Russian successes on river Bzura and Ravka.
Galicia: ­Fighting near Gorlice.

Middle East

Armenia: Enver Pahsa narrowly escapes capture in ride for Erzerum until next day. He leaves for Constantinople on January 7.
Persia: Russians evacuate Urmia.

African Fronts

Cameroons: Brigade-General Gorges takes Chang (4525 ft), demolishes fort and retires on January 6.

Sea War

East Africa: Cruiser Fox and battleship Goliath again shells Dar-es-Salaam.

Home Fronts

France: Joffre asks for 80,000 artillery shells per day (production not achieved till after January 1916).
Britain: Kitchener tells Churchill that no troops are available for Dardanelles operation.

Politics

Britain: Kitchener telegram to Petrograd (Russia) that ‘… steps will be taken to make a demonstration against the Turks’.

Call of War
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