War Diary January 26, 1915

Teutonising of Turkey

The Teutonising of Turkey: German Kaiser is happy about his helper and ‘Good bird’ in a British cartoon.

War Diary World War One for Tuesday, January 26, 1915:

Middle East

Egypt: Turk feint attacks at Kantara and also at Kubri (7 miles north of Suez) until January 27.
Persia: Chernozubov’s 7,000 men with 16 guns defeats c. 5,000 Turks at Saflan until January 28 and regains Tabriz on January 30.

Home Fronts

Britain: Churchill and French Minister of Marine Augagneur agree to French participation under British command in Dardanelles attack.
Allies extend September 5, 1914 London agreement to Turkey.
Russia: Grand Duke Nicholas replies Dardanelles action imperative but Russia cannot help.

Western Front

Flanders: Wilson (promoted to Lieutenant-General on February 18) becomes BEF Chief Liaison Officer to Foch (­until December 21, 1915).
Aisne: French XVIII Corps recover lost ground at Craonne. Front static there to April 16, 1917.

Eastern Front

East Prussia: New German Tenth Army (4 corps) formed under Eichhorn for Masurian offensive (plans ready on January 28).
Carpathians: Brusilov’s success near Dukla Pass. Extra corps on its way from Northwest Front. Austrian ammunition exhausted.
German-Austrian Südarmee attacks, gains 100 yards per day. Brusilov strikes back on January 27, but repulsed near Beskid Pass on January 28.

Neutrals

Italy: War Minister General Zupelli tells cabinet Army not ready until mid-April.
Switzerland: Franco­-Swiss petrol agreement.

Call of War
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