Diary April 18, 1917

German 6-in howitzer in prepared to fire
A German 6-in howitzer in prepared to fire on the French at the Aise during the Nivelle Offensive.
World War One Diary for Wednesday, April 18, 1917:

Western Front

Somme: British Fifth Army captures Villers Guislain (12 miles south of Cambrai) and Gonnelieu (on April 20, 8 miles southwest).
Aisne­: German counter-attack repulsed near Juvincourt.

Middle East

Mesopotamia: Marshall’s 4,000 men and 40 guns force and bridge Shatt-el-Adhaim (east of Tigris), take 1,250 PoWs and 6 MGs in 14-mile pursuit for 73 casualties.

Sea War

Britain: War Minister Lord Derby writes to Haig ‘… we have lost command of the sea’.
Eastern Mediterranean: ­French battleship Requin, 2 Royal Navy monitors and 3 French destroyers bombard Gaza.

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