War Diary October 23, 1914

British soldiers with German PoW's at Ypern

British soldiers escort German PoW’s to the rear.

War Diary of World War One for Friday, October 23, 1914:

Western Front

Flanders: French 42nd Division of 7,000 Marne veterans enters line at Nieuport. British recapture Pilkem trenches. Heavy fighting round Langemarck. French IX Corps begins detraining at Ypres, relieves British I Corps until next day after latter inflicts 1,281 casualties on German 45th Reserve Division. Indian Corps 3rd (Lahore) Division assists British II Corps to repulse night attack on Givenchy-Aubers position (night 23/24).

Eastern Front

Poland: Russians (including Guard Corps) advance everywhere.
Galicia: ­Russians retake Jaroslav.

Southern Fronts

Bosnia: Austrian river monitor flagship Ternes mined (laid by 70-man Russian Navy contingent) and sunk in river Sava near Sabac; other monitors have to fit mine detectors in month of much shelling of Belgrade and waterlogged Serb trenches along Sava.

Politics

Rumania: The government closes frontier to German supplies for Turkey.

African Fronts

South Africa: General De Wet rebels in Orange Free State, seizes Heilbron.

Middle East

Mesopotamia: IEF ‘D’ anchors off Bahrein

Home Fronts

Britain: Churchill to Grey: ‘I am very unhappy about our getting into war with Turkey without.. Greece as an ally’.

Secret War

British Egypt High Commissioner Sir H McMahon (for Kitchener) reaches a secret agreement with Sherif Hussein of Mecca ‘to recognize and support the independence of the Arabs.’

Call of War
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