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Old 05-22-2018, 04:17 AM
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22 May 1918

Western Front
Liege and Metz railways bombed by British airmen; Mannheim again attacked. 11 F.E.2s and 5 Handley Page bombers attack Kreuzwald electric power station.
Raid attempted on Paris by about 30 German machines, but only one reaches capital. 72 bombs cause 23 casualties.
A downed German Friedrichshafen G-III bomber at Villers-au-Bois being salvaged by British soldiers: © IWM (Q 12047): https://twitter.com/CenturyAgoToday...569125801840640
Canadian ace Billy Bishop returns, as Commander of No 85 Squadron (SE5s, with 3 American pilots), scores 27 more victories until June 19. Billy Bishop checks the Lewis machine gun, here still in his old Nieuport fighter: https://i1.wp.com/ww2-weapons.com/w...uport.jpg?ssl=1
British 13-pounder anti-aircraft guns in action at Villers-au-Bois: © IWM (Q 8810): https://twitter.com/CenturyAgoToday...538921431748608
A U.S. Marine barrack camouflaged to hide it from German aerial surveillance: https://twitter.com/CenturyAgoToday...599329899274241

Southern Front
Italy
: Increased artillery fighting along Piave; an attack at Capo Sile bridgehead repulsed.
Allied airmen active.

Naval and Overseas Operations
North Sea
: HMS Vega picking up a ditched Sopwith Camel aircraft during anti-Zeppelin operations: https://twitter.com/CenturyAgoToday...508724087087105
Air-raids on Zeebrugge; a German torpedo boat sunk in harbor.
Mozambique: In East Africa British engage Germans between Nanungu and Mahua; capture guns and ammunition, (60 casualties including 11 Germans, 67 shells and 70,000 bullets), drive Germans westward.
Belgian Congo: Katanga Railway (Bukama – Cape Town) completed.

Political, etc
United States
: U.S. Sedition Bill passed, and $300,000,000 voted for ordnance.
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Old 05-23-2018, 09:13 AM
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23 May 1918

Western Front
Kaiserschlacht
: One source labels infantry fighting “unimportant”: Successful local raids round Arras. French raids on Kemmel front.
Artillery active south of the Avre.
A British soldier demonstrating to Americans on boxing at Moulle, France: © IWM (Q 9076): https://twitter.com/CenturyAgoToday...879915347992577
British soldiers giving instructions to Americans on camouflage at Moulle, France: © IWM (Q 10315): https://twitter.com/CenturyAgoToday...895014796316673
British and captured German soldiers carrying a wounded soldier back from the frontlines: https://twitter.com/CenturyAgoToday...925218637901826
A hospital in Paris destroyed by a German long-range cannon: https://twitter.com/CenturyAgoToday...198368378257409
A British soldier using a hose to extinguish a fire after an ammunition dump exploded at Saigneville: © IWM (Q 11479): https://twitter.com/CenturyAgoToday...243732397457408
Destroyed remains of a British ammunition dump at Saigneville, France after it caught fire: © IWM (Q 11478): https://twitter.com/CenturyAgoToday...228576573554692
Two French veterans showing off their prosthetic legs at an American Red Cross facility at St. Maurice. In the middle is a French boy who also lost a leg due to a grenade: https://twitter.com/CenturyAgoToday...274048742977536

Southern Front
Italy
: Infantry fighting on Italian mountain front increases; much aerial activity.

Naval and Overseas Operations
Channel
: British armed mercantile cruiser Moldavia, carrying American troops, torpedoed and sunk in Channel; one source says 56 lost, another says 64 lost.
Adriatic: Royal Navy submarine H.4 sinks returning coastal submarine UB-52 40 miles south of Cattaro.
UB-52 sunk on the way back to Cattaro: https://i1.wp.com/ww2-weapons.com/w...UB-52.jpg?ssl=1
Belgian Congo: Katanga Railway (Bukama – Cape Town) completed.

Asiatic and Egyptian Theaters
Arabia
: Arabs successfully attack Turks near Abu Naam (80 miles north of Medina).
Armenia: Movses Silikov retakes Sardarabad and drives Turkish 11th Division 30 miles north until May 24 while other Armenian units drive Turkish vanguard back to Amamli.

Political, etc
Russia
: Factory delegates in Moscow call for strike against Soviet Government.
United Kingdom: War Cabinet decides to send 560-man military mission to Archangel to train Whites and 600 troops to Murmansk; they decide large scale intervention inevitable on May 29.
Robert Lockhart sends Foreign Office Savinkov plan ‘to murder all Bolshevik leaders on night of Allied landing and form a Government … in reality a military dictatorship’.
United States: U.S. National Conscription (fight or work) after 1 July decided on.
U.S. Army in France announces it will issue its troops 0.4 ounces of tobacco and 10 rolls of cigarette papers as part of daily rations.
Minor Allies: Costa Rica declares war on Germany (see September 21st, 1917).
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Old 05-24-2018, 09:21 AM
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24 May 1918

Western Front
Kaiserschlacht
: Many raids by both sides.
Flanders: British at Nieppe Forest bombed by gas shells.
Aisne: 12 tanks from German lines unable to cross French ‘Bardooelles Trench’.
A German captured tank Mk IV is rolling to Allied lines: https://i1.wp.com/ww2-weapons.com/w...-Tank.jpg?ssl=1
Germany: Thyssen blast furnaces and iron/steel works Hagendingen attacked by 8 DH9s of No 99 Squadron (which shoot down 1 fighter).
A nursery room at an American Red Cross hospital near Paris damaged by German bombs. There was no loss of life in this attack at the nursery: https://twitter.com/CenturyAgoToday...561907194417154
Britain: BEF Tank Corps Lieutenant-Colonel JFC Fuller writes ‘Plan 1919’ for Allied tank (4,992 requested) and all-vehicle breakthrough on broad front. Haig receives revised version July 21. Foch agrees in principle August 6. Further refinements of this plan served as the basis for the Blitzkrieg operations by the Germans in World War II.

Southern Front
Josef Kiss, the most successful flying ace of the Austro-Hungarian Empire with 19 victories, is killed in action over Italy: https://twitter.com/CenturyAgoToday...637419610857472

Naval and Overseas Operations
Cruiser USS Olympia joins Royal Navy squadron in Murmansk.

Asiatic and Egyptian Theaters
Palestine
: British Field Marshal Edmund Allenby, commander of the Egyptian Expeditionary Force, being greeted by members of the Jewish community in Jerusalem: © IWM (Q 13211): https://twitter.com/CenturyAgoToday...592111178739713
Mesopotamia: Kirkuk evacuated by the British forces (see 7th and October 25th).
Siberia: General F.C. Poole lands at Murmansk to organise the North Russia Expeditionary Force (see June 4th, 8th and 23rd).
General Grigory Semyonov makes steady progress, organising anti-Bolshevist forces in Siberia.

Political, etc
United Kingdom
: Government issues statement exposing Sinn Fein intrigues with Germany and the revolutionary movement in Ireland.
Canada: Canada passes an Act granting women the right to vote in federal elections. Asian and aboriginal women are excluded.
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25 May 1918

Western Front
Kaiserschlacht
: Day and night trench raids by British.
Heavy shelling by Germans of Villers-Bretonneux area.
British air raid on Bruges docks.
The Royal Scots Greys doing drills at Brimeaux, France: © IWM (Q 8948) © IWM (Q 8948): https://twitter.com/CenturyAgoToday...955764042223619
British and French troops cheering on top of a captured German A7V tank near Saleux: © IWM (Q 65533): (Isn’t this photo a repeat?) https://twitter.com/CenturyAgoToday...046369372024833

Eastern Front
Western Russia
: Germans arrest 60 conspirators in Dvinsk.

Southern Front
Italian Alpini troops advancing on Mount Zigolon and Cima Bresena in the Alps: © IWM (Q 65333): https://twitter.com/CenturyAgoToday...985958236942336
Austro-Hungarian prisoners captured by the Italians at Tonale Pass: © IWM (Q 65331): https://twitter.com/CenturyAgoToday...016167585579010
Piave: Bersaglieri and Arditi surprise more Austrian Capo Sile positions and repel two counter-attacks (night May 25-26).
Trentino: Alpini attack in Tonale-Adamello region (west of Lake Garda) and capture line of five major peaks commanding upper Val Carnonica.
Austria-Hungarian position in the Alps 1918: https://i0.wp.com/ww2-weapons.com/w...-1918.jpg?ssl=1

Asiatic and Egyptian Theaters
Arabia
: Arabs raid El Hasa and Ferafrai stations (Hejaz railway, north of Maan).
Persia: 1,600 British (51 casualties) with 4 guns defeat Saulat’s 4,800 tribesmen (estimated 600-700 casualties) at Deh Shaikh 11 miles west of Shiraz and return there on May 27.
Armenia: Heavy fighting continues between Ottoman and Armenian forces, with the Ottomans attacking at Karakilisa and Armenians counterattacking at Bash Abaran. Armenian 2nd Cavalry Regiment charge Turks successfully. Dro’s troops hold Bas-Abaran Defile north of Erevan (May 29) against Turkish 3rd Regiment of 11th Division.
Siberia: c.60,000-strong Czech Legion begins revolt against Reds.

Political, etc
Russia
: First Congress of Councils of National Economy in Moscow.
Canada: Canadian workers in Toronto constructing a Felixstowe F5 Flying Boat: https://twitter.com/CenturyAgoToday...668881579966464
Belgium: King Albert thanks U.S.A.
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26 May 1918

Western Front
Kaiserschlacht
: No infantry actions of importance; increased artillery activity at certain points north and south of the Avre.
A shop in Amiens, France covered by sandbags to protect it from German bombs and artillery: © IWM (Q 11011): https://twitter.com/CenturyAgoToday...329463341764608
Aisne: 2 German PoWs reveal offensive next day, Duchene’s Sixth Army mans overdense first line from 16:15 hours.
Members of the Chinese Labour Corps in France entertaining British and American troops at Samer: © IWM (Q 8855): https://twitter.com/CenturyAgoToday...359665253969920
American, British, Canadian, and Australian soldiers playing a baseball game in France: https://twitter.com/CenturyAgoToday...389865698099201
African American soldiers in the US Army performing in a jazz band at Camp Upton in New York state: https://twitter.com/CenturyAgoToday...420063806140416

Southern Front
Good progress made by Italian troops in mountain passes between Lake Garda and Swiss frontier (Monticello and Adamello region).

Naval and Overseas Operations
H.M. Transport Leasowe Castle sunk in Mediterranean by enemy submarine, 101 lost.
North Sea: US Mine Squadron 1 (Captain Reg Belkap’s 19 minelayers with 5,530 mines) arrives at Invergordon to help lay Northern Barrage with 57,000 US-made mines in next 5 months, about 5% explode prematurely. Often 1 minelayer laid over 43 miles in 3 1/2 hours.
Grand Fleet cruises off Heligoland Bight minefields while Harwich Force goes through, but no German response. Destroyer Shakespeare mined but towed home by cruiser Centaur.
A mine of the type used in the Allied North Sea barrage built during 1918: https://i1.wp.com/ww2-weapons.com/w...perre.jpg?ssl=1
Channel: Royal Navy patrol yacht Lorna depth charges and sinks coastal submarine UB-74 in Lyme Bay.
Mozambique: In Portuguese East Africa Germans driven south towards Upper Lurio river.

Asiatic and Egyptian Theaters
Armenia: Battle of Karakilise
(until May 28): Nazarbekov, outflanked north and south by Turks, escapes via mountain paths and covers Delljan from west with 5,000 survivors (until May 29).

Political, etc
Russia
: Trans-Caucasian Federal Government (see September 20th, 1917 and April 22nd, 1918), dissolved.
Georgia: The Democratic Republic of Georgia declares itself independent. The National Council Meeting in Tbilisi, Georgia declaring independence: https://twitter.com/CenturyAgoToday...298004455321600
Armenia: Armenian National Council assume charge of Armenian affairs (see June 8th).
Azerbaijan: Tatar National Council proclaim establishment of a "Republic of Azerbaijan."
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Western Front
Kaiserschlacht: Operation Blücher-Yorck
begins (see June 6th). Known to the Allies as Battle of the Aisne 1918 or Third Battle of the Aisne on Chemin des Dames. 4000 German artillery pieces fire on Allied lines. German infantrymen then attack on a 25-mile front. Craonne again taken by German forces (see May 4th, 1917 and October 12th, 1918). Four tired French and 4 weak British divisions on river Aisne are attacked between Soissons and Reims, river first reached in under 6 hours. Germans capture Chemins des Dames and Craonne in record advance up to 12 miles destroying 4 divisions. 1 million German rounds phosgene and diphenyl-chlorarsine vs French troops; 4,980 gassed (71 deaths) until June 5. There is also a smaller attack between Locre and Voormezeele.
German stormtroopers cross a makeshift bridge during the drive against Chemin des Dames: https://i1.wp.com/ww2-weapons.com/w...dames.jpg?ssl=1
Wounded British and French troops returning from the frontlines at Muscourt: © IWM (Q 6661): https://twitter.com/CenturyAgoToday...752248236990470
German troops reach the Aisne and Vesle Rivers, advancing 15 km against Allied lines. German troops on the advance: © IWM (Q 88094): https://twitter.com/CenturyAgoToday...782450623119360
Kaiser Wilhelm Geschuetz (long-range gun; aka Pariskanone) bombard Paris (104 shells until June 11).
German troops watching their artillery fire at British lines at Berry-au-Bac: © IWM (Q 55007): https://twitter.com/CenturyAgoToday...661649026666501
British troops defending against the new German offensive at the Aisne River at Maizy: © IWM (Q 6659): https://twitter.com/CenturyAgoToday...691851056304128
Germany: 12 F.E.2s (1 lost) of No 106 Squadron raid Kreuzwald power station and Metz-Sablon railway. An F.E.2 force-lands in enemy lines, crew escape and rejoin squadron on May 30. 3 Handley Pages attack Mannheim and Kreuzwald (night May 27-28).
Western Front: JG1 and 3, 5 Jagdstaffeln, 14 Schlachtstaffeln, 23 Fliegerabteilungen and 2 Bombengeschwader support Ludendorff’s Aisne offensive after lavish air reconnaissance, 19 planes lost until May 30, mainly to anti-aircraft fire; 3,323 fighter sorties until June 18.
France: 15 German aircraft (1 lost) raid Paris (4 bombs).
An American soldier training to use an anti-aircraft gun by aiming at a model aerocraft: © IWM (Q 108878): https://twitter.com/CenturyAgoToday...722051303342080

Southern Front
Italians storms Austrian positions at Capo Sile, north-east of Venice.

Naval and Overseas Operations
British air raid on Durazzo (Albania); Austrian torpedo-boat sunk.

Asiatic and Egyptian Theaters
Armenia: Battle of Karakilise
(until May 28): Battle is ongoing, but no particular developments today.
Siberia: Czechs take over Chelyabinsk and refuse to surrender arms at Penza, take town on May 28 (400 Red casualties) but evacuate it on May 31.

Political, etc
United Kingdom:
Parliamentary Paper (Cd. 9059) published on methods used by Germany in the past to influence British trade.
Finland: Carl Mannerheim resigns as C-in-C over future army organization (excessive German influence), leaves for Stockholm on June 1.
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