Diary April 15, 1916

aircraft is readied to drop supplies
A British aircraft is readied to drop supplies to the garrison of Kut-el-Amara.
Diary for Saturday, April 15, 1916:

Middle East

Mesopotamia, Kut: Air food supply drops start (9 planes max) drop 16,800lb (­until April 29) in 140 flights. 3rd Division takes Bait Aisa (south bank) in heavy thunderstorm.

Air War

North Sea: French ‘battleplane’ fires 16 cannon shells at German patrol craft from height of only 300 ft.

Western Front

Verdun: French reoccupy trenches at Douaumont, taking 200 PoWs.

African Fronts

Northern Rhodesia: Northey issues prelim orders to column commanders.

Home Fronts

France: Public dispensary and anti-TB (tuberculosis) measures.
Canada­: 309,000 enlisted to date.

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