Diary for Friday, April 28, 1916:
Italy: Navy commissions its first of 10 wartime monitors (mainly converted captured Austrian barges or lighters).
Mesopotamia, Kut: Townshend offers £2 millions (increase prompted by T.E. Lawrence), his 50 guns and promise not to fight Turks for duration of war for his men’s freedom. Khalil prepared to accept but Enver Pasha wants absolute surrender.