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Old 09-14-2018, 11:09 AM
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14 September 1918

Western Front
Battle of St. Mihiel
: Continued German retreat between the Meuse and Moselle, closely followed by French and Americans. French and American troops successfully capture most of St. Mihiel. Captured German prisoners provide entertainment on the piano for American soldiers at St. Mihiel: https://twitter.com/CenturyAgoToday...292802322747393
French children with French flags on a car at Saint Mihiel after the town’s recapture by the Allies: https://twitter.com/CenturyAgoToday...594796962873344
The so-called Battles of the Hindenburg Line: Battle of Havrincourt: German counter-attacks at Havrincourt fails.
Aisne: French Tenth Army storms Allemant (Legion’s last major action) and Laffaux Mill (Marine batallion) in 5-miles of Hindenburg Line and captures 2,500 PoWs and guns; recaptures Vailly on river (September 16); advances northeast of Soissons (September 17), and repulses five counter-attacks near Allemant (September 20).
Western Front, Air: Germany: Largest Handley Page effort (night September 14-15), 40 vs various targets (1 lost).
French refugees return to their destroyed town of Villers-Bretonneux: © IWM (Q 11339): https://twitter.com/CenturyAgoToday...202198788046848
American troops take cover as tanks advance near Beauquesne: © IWM (Q 57694): https://twitter.com/CenturyAgoToday...232398447935491
American troops change the street name “Hindenburg Strasse” in St. Mihiel to “Wilson, U.S.A.”: https://twitter.com/CenturyAgoToday...262600469176321
A British soldier walks by the ruined town hall of Combles: © IWM (Q 78747): https://twitter.com/CenturyAgoToday...534387773923328
A German bike with wheels made out of springs due to their rubber shortage: https://twitter.com/CenturyAgoToday...564591179300866

Southern Front
Macedonia
: First of 3 RAF pre-final offensive bombing raids (until September 16) on Hudova airfield.
Allied final offensive: Battle of the Vardar (until September 25; French: Battle of the Dobropolje until September 17 and Serb Battle of the Moglenitsa) begins with record Balkans 650-gun bombardment from 0800 hours along 80-mile Vardar-Monastir line especially on 6-mile Mountains Sokol-Vetrenik sector. Friedrich von Scholtz wrongly moves Bulgar regiment and 12th Saxon Jäger battalion to north of Monastir, only at 2230 hours discovers the point of attack.

Eastern Front/West Asia Border Theater
Azerbaijan
: British evacuation of Baku begins: British forces in the Southern Caucasus 'Dunsterforce' are forced to abandon the port of Baku to advancing Turkish troops. Eight to ten battalions capture Wolfs Gate. Dunsterforce evacuation ordered at 2000 hours after 180 casualties and 5 RAF sorties. 3 Royal Navy-manned ships take 1,300 British soldiers and 8,000 Armenians to Enzeli (until September 15). Tartars massacre 8,988 Armenians (until September 16). Turks install Khan Khoiski’s Tartar Government on September 16.
Oil rigs in Baku in 1918, in which the Germans, British and Turks are interested: https://i0.wp.com/ww2-weapons.com/w...-1918.jpg?ssl=1
Ottoman artillery targeting the city: https://twitter.com/CenturyAgoToday...624998526922752

Political, etc
Austria-Hungary
: Government sends note to US, all belligerents and neutrals suggesting ‘non-committal discussion’ on neutral soil. Allies spurn and Germans irritated.
Germany: Germany makes peace offer to Belgium on the basis of no indemnity or reparation, etc.
Netherlands: (Listed for yesterday): The largest train disaster in the Netherlands (until the Harmelen train disaster in 1962) occurs when a train derails over a bridge near Weesp, resulting in 41 deaths: https://twitter.com/CenturyAgoToday...171996015996928
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Old 09-15-2018, 09:49 AM
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Western Front
Battle of St. Mihiel
: Americans continue advance on 33-mile front; they come within reach of fortress guns of Metz.
The so-called Battles of the Hindenburg Line: Battle of Havrincourt: British capture Maissemy, five miles north-west of St. Quentin.
Germans make ineffective counter-attacks south of the Oise.
Western Front, Air: German pilots destroy 6 and damage 4 balloons on BEF First and Third Army fronts (RAF manage 3 plus 3). Germans claim 58 Allied aircraft for loss of 12 in air fighting above all but one of the 14 German armies.
Germany: Karlsruhe and Mainz heavily bombed by R.A.F. Stuttgart (Bosch and Daimler works) attacked by 9 DH4s of No 55 Squadron; claim 2 defensive fighters shot down.
France: last bombing of Paris: 50 Gotha bombers (2 lost) drop 85 bombs (37 casualties).
Bulgarian machinge-gunners in action with Maxim Model 1908 machone-guns purchased before the war in UK.: https://i0.wp.com/ww2-weapons.com/w...etzen.jpg?ssl=1
Construction of Hermann Line behind Army Groups Rupprecht and Boehn begun. German gas response to BEF autumn offensive: 2 million rounds (4,000t) mustard gas expended; 24,363 gassed (540 deaths) until November 11.
Flanders: Belgian composer and soldier for duration of war Georges Antoine dies from influenza.
A British soldier in the ruins of Bethune: © IWM (Q 11337): https://twitter.com/CenturyAgoToday...903223404646401
American soldiers repair shell holes after capturing the area from the Germans, near Montsec: https://twitter.com/CenturyAgoToday...934531719733249
A Portuguese soldier holding an improvised gas alarm at Festubert: © IWM (Q 11338): https://twitter.com/CenturyAgoToday...964733380255745

Eastern Front
Volga
: Red Eastern Front (5 armies) total 70,000 men; 225 guns; 1,059 Mgs..

Southern Front
Macedonia: Battle of the Vardar/Battle of the Dobropolje/Battle of the Moglenitsa: Bulgarian position carried on front of seven miles, and 800 prisoners taken.

Eastern Front/West Asia Border Theater
Azerbaijan
: British forces complete evacuation of Baku.

Political, etc
France
: French losses since 1 July 279,000 soldiers.
United States: New York “Congress of Austrian subject peoples” demands Empire’s dismemberment.
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Old 09-16-2018, 09:43 AM
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16 September 1918

Western Front
Battle of St. Mihiel
: Americans advance along west bank of Moselle. St Mihiel salient fully straightened out for 7,511 US and 597 French casualties (15,000 beds available), 15,000 PoWs and 450 (or 443) guns taken. Germans commit 4 reserve divisions. Metz fortress guns fire (September 15), but c.400,000 Americans now switched 60 miles northwest. Battle of St. Mihiel ends (see 12th).
The so-called Battles of the Hindenburg Line: Battle of Havrincourt: French capture Vailly (north-east of Soissons) and Mt. des Singes.
Slight advance by British in neighbourhood of Ploegsteert and east of Ypres.
Western Front, Air: France: the overnight last raid on Paris resulted in 6 killed, 15 injured, 2 raiders brought down. RAF claim to destroy 8 German aircraft for loss of 4 over BEF Third Army but, overall, Germans claim 59 Allied planes for loss of 10.
Germany: 7 RAF Handley Pages lost on raids on Cologne, Saarbrücken and Trier etc, 6 of them lost to anti-aircraft guns (16,063 rounds fired and 173 searchlights in action, night September 16-17).
Soldiers from Britain and its Dominions compete in a log chopping contest near Pont-Remy. The Australian soldier won: © IWM (Q 7076): https://twitter.com/CenturyAgoToday...994932952117249
A column of Germans prisoners being escorted by New Zealand soldiers through Havrincourt Wood: https://twitter.com/CenturyAgoToday...251629176168448
American soldiers hurl grenades at Austro-Hungarian troops on the Piave Front in Italy: https://twitter.com/CenturyAgoToday...280624961703936

Eastern Front
Archangel front
; successful operation by naval units and Allied troops on the River Dvina; two enemy ships sunk, three guns captured.

Southern Front
Macedonia: Battle of the Vardar/Battle of the Dobropolje/Battle of the Moglenitsa
: Franco-Serbian advance continued; the troops advance to a depth of five miles on 16-mile front in region of Dobropolje. Serb Yugoslav Division attacks Mt Kozyak all day (inside Bulgarian 3rd line) and finally takes it, but German 13th Saxon Jäger battalion covers breach. Friedrich von Scholtz cables Paul von Hindenburg, asking for German divisions from Western Front; request forwarded to Austrians, who hedge. Bulgarian 2nd Division withdraws to 3rd line without warning.
Italy: Italians makes successful trench raid north and north-west of Mt. Grappa; capture over 300 prisoners and some machine guns.

Asiatic and Egyptian Theaters
Trans-Jordan
: 6 RAF D.H.9s raid Deraa for first time; 8 German planes from there cause Arab Army only 2 casualties thanks to B.E.12 (destroyed).

Naval and Overseas Operations
Great Britain
: The world's first flush-decked aircraft carrier, HMS Argus, is commissioned into the Royal Navy. She was the first example of what is now the standard pattern of aircraft carrier, with a full-length flight deck that allowed wheeled aircraft to take off and land. Argus in harbor in 1918, painted in dazzle camouflage, with a Revenge-class battleship in the background: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS_A...rgus_(1917).jpg
Monitor H.M.S. Glatton sunk by explosion in Dover harbor.
Channel: Coastal submarine UB-103, sighted by British blimp SS 21 (Pilot US Ensign NJ Learned), sunk by several Royal Navy drifters’ depth charges off Cap Gris Nez.
An SS class airship with twin ventral fins and a BE2c-type car for the pilot: https://i0.wp.com/ww2-weapons.com/w...rship.jpg?ssl=1

Political, etc
Germany
: Count Georg von Hertling tells Conservative leader that Austrian peace move has prejudiced Dutch mediation.
Russia: Vladimir Lenin recovers from gunshots, attends meetings (until September 17), but moves to Gorki (September 24 or 25) to convalesced until mid-October.
United Kingdom: Balfour calls Austro-German offers unacceptable. King George V cables President Wilson with congratulations on St Mihiel salient removal.
Bulgaria: Tsar Ferdinand replies to General Lukov peacefeeler suggestion ‘Go out and get killed in your present lines’.
Japan: Recognition by Japan of Czechoslovakia as belligerent Allies.
United States: President Woodrow Wilson replies to the Austrian Note by rejecting suggestion for a peace conference (see 15th, and October 4th).
A map in front of the New York Public Library displays the “Czechoslovak Nation” in the territory of Austria-Hungary: https://twitter.com/CenturyAgoToday...312012213645313
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Western Front
The so-called Battles of the Hindenburg Line: Battle of Havrincourt: Battle peters out in general fighting.
British make local progress north-west of St. Quentin and in the north near Ploegsteert. Localized fighting including British 55th Division capture of Canteleux Trench.
Germans counter-attack at Moeuvres.
French gain ground north-east of Soissons, capture several strong points.
Americans consolidate their line between the Meuse heights and the Moselle.
Western Front, Air: “Good” results in bombing attacks by R.A.F. on German objectives.
Australian soldiers carrying a dummy tank used to fool aerial reconnaissance: © E AUS 4938: https://twitter.com/CenturyAgoToday...598901638365184
A sign in Amiens warns British soldiers not to loot French property: © IWM (Q 23590): https://twitter.com/CenturyAgoToday...629109380702209
British cavalrymen stop in the Authie River to water their horses: © IWM (Q 9311): https://twitter.com/CenturyAgoToday...659305462784000
A French refugee family returns to the destroyed streets of Amiens: © IWM (Q 11341): https://twitter.com/CenturyAgoToday...689531995639810

Southern Front
Macedonia: Battle of the Vardar/Battle of the Dobropolje/Battle of the Moglenitsa
: The Franco-Serbian advance continues; breakthrough is now 6 miles deep and 20 miles wide. General Ruser orders his Bulgarian 2nd Division to retreat from 3rd line behind river Cherna leaving 5-mile gap for Serbs to reach river. Two Bulgarian 3rd Division regiments mutiny. Frriedrich von Scholtz orders general retreat behind river Belasnica.
Italy: Italians repulse strong counter-attacks north of Mt. Grappa.
After visit to Paris Diaz tells Prime Minister Orlando no premature autumn offensive until clear Allied success on Western Front.

Asiatic and Egyptian Theaters
Trans-Jordan
: Arab Army captures Tell Arar bridge north of Deraa. Lawrence gets slight bomb splinter arm wound; 350 Arab regulars then capture station 5 miles west of Deraa, drawing in reserve German troops from Afuleh.
Palestine: Desert Mounted Corps secretly concentrated in Plain of Sharon, betrayed by Indian Muslim sergeant deserter, but Otto Liman von Sanders believes him to be a plant.
Persia: Lionel Dunsterville recalled, GOC 14th Division William Thomson replaces in command ‘Norper Force’, Enzeli to be held. Commodore David Norris says Caspian Flotilla possible, plans 12 ships (September 27), first ready October 6.

Naval and Overseas Operations
Great Britain
: HMS Glatton destroyed in yesterday’s fire & scuttling. 60 sailors are killed in the incident: https://twitter.com/CenturyAgoToday...378720953638912

Political, etc
United States
: Women deliver heavy ice blocks. Work previously done by men are now being done by women as more soldiers go to the front: https://twitter.com/CenturyAgoToday...342208673292288
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The so-called Battles of the Hindenburg Line: Battle of Epéhy: Following the success at Havrincourt, three corps of the British Fourth Army, one corps of the British Third Army and units of the French First Army attacked. The left and right wings of the advance progressed with difficulty, but the two Australian divisions in the centre of the advance were successful in achieving an advance of three miles. Great Australian (5th/6th Australian Infantry Brigades) advance on 16-mile front (north-west of St. Quentin, extending from Holnon Wood to Gouzeaucourt; over 6,000 prisoners and a number of guns captured. The success of this attack showed to the Allies that the German defense, even on the fortified Hindenburg Line positions, was not impossible to break through.
An Australian battery of 4,5-inch field howitzers. The high elevation of the short barrels enabled their shells to fall almost vertically into enemy earthworks: https://i1.wp.com/ww2-weapons.com/w...itzen.jpg?ssl=1
French, in liaison with British, capture Savy Wood and Fontaine-les-Cleres.
Germans continue strong counter-attacks north and south of Moeuvres, with some success.
Western Front, Air: Rain and clouds restrict flying over Somme (until September 19), both sides’ aircraft losses much lower (September 17-20).
Members of the Maori Pioneer Battalion help French peasants with the harvest: https://twitter.com/CenturyAgoToday...719724579741696
The Amiens Gun, a large German 28-cm railway gun, on display in Paris after the gun was captured by Australian troops: https://twitter.com/CenturyAgoToday...961297494138880

Eastern Front
Murmansk front
: Karelians defeat German-led forces from Finland at Ukhtinskaya and drive them back over the border.

Southern Front
Macedonia: Battle of the Vardar/Battle of the Dobropolje/Battle of the Moglenitsa
: Bulgarians in full retreat before French, Serbians and Yugoslavs; Serbian cavalry reaches Polosko; communication with Prilep (Bulgarian advanced base) cut.
Battle of Monastir-Doiran (see 24th), (including Battle of Doiran, 1918), begins (see 19th): Anglo-Greeks attack in neighborhood of Lake Doiran and take the town. Bulgarian 9th Division with 122 guns, British enter Doiran town and take Petit Couronne with 777 PoWs but British 65th brigade (22nd Division) has only 200 survivors (30 poisoned by British gas) from attempt to storm Grand Couronne, (thrice-wounded commander 7th South Wales Borderers Lieutenant-Colonel Burges awarded Victoria Cross). Greek losses 1,232 men, British failure east of lake (900 Anglo-Greek casualties) due to grass wildfire started by Bulgarian artillery.
Salonika: RAF sends 372 calls for artillery fire until September 19, only 1 aircraft lost and shoots down 2 aircraft.

Asiatic and Egyptian Theaters
Trans-Jordan
: Arab force surrounds Dera'a and blows up railway junction.
Palestine: On Allenby’s east flank 53rd Division storms across Wadi-es-Samieh and advances 7 miles (night September 18-19).
Siberia: Blagovyeschensk occupied by Japanese forces (see 5th).

Political, etc
Austria-Hungary
: Complete failure of the Austro-Hungarian peace offer, which is rejected by Great Britain, France, U.S.A. and Belgium in turn.
Germany: General Erich Ludendorff warns Admiral Maximilian Scheer of plans for abandoning Flanders coast.
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