War Diary October 26, 1914

Gavrilo Princip

Gavrilo Princip, the assassin, whose shots wiped out two lives and an complete era. The Serbian student was at the material time just 18 years old, which precludes a death sentence against him. Nevertheless, he died in prison in 1918 of tuberculosis.

War Diary of World War One for Monday, October 26, 1914:

Home Fronts

Austria: Sarajevo Trial defendants found guilty (all plead so except Princip), verdict and sentences on October 29, up to 20 years prison for those under 20 including Princip (5 death sentences later commuted, 10 acquitted).

Western Front

Flanders: Fierce fighting on the Yser. King Albert rejects idea of 6-mile retreat to Fumes canal line.
Aisne: Germans vainly attack French Fifth Army between Craonne and Berry-au­-Bac.

Eastern Front

Poland: Russian Fourth and Ninth Army victory along Petrokov-Radom line against Austrian First Army (40,000 men lost) which retreats. Germans have retreated 60 miles in 6 days behind planned road and rail demolitions.

Sea War

Channel: U-24 (Schneider) torpedoes French SS Admiral Ganteaume (carrying 250 Belgian refugees, mistaken for troops) without warning, 40 lives lost in panic off Cap Gris Nez.
North Sea – Flanders: Pre­-dreadnought Venerable joins Hood’s squadron, her 12-in guns wreak havoc on German troops.

Southern Fronts

Albania: Italian marines land at Valona.

African Fronts

Cameroons: Colonel Mayer’s 1,190 Anglo-French soldiers and 6 armed craft capture Edea on Eastern Railway via river Nyong.
South Africa: Government promises no action against those who refuse active service but stay at home.

Air War

Western Front: BE2 of No 4 Sqn RFC marked with Union Jack is shot down in error by BEF. HQ RFC in the Field proposes on October 30 adoption of French-style roundels with blue ‘bull’ and red ‘outer’ reversed.

Secret War

Turkey: British Constantinople Military attaché reports train has left Aleppo for Basra with mines for Shatt-al-Arab.

Call of War
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