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Diary April 3, 1916


Why did we join the South African Mounted Rifles ?
Usually mounted South African soldiers cross the harsh country. The original title of the photograph is ‘Why did we join the South African Mounted Rifles ?’
Diary for Monday, April 3, 1916:

African Fronts

East Africa: Deventer’s South African Mounted Brigade (1,200 men with 8 guns) begins 150-mile surprise advance from Arusha on Kondoa Irangi in heaviest rainy season for years.

Western Front

Flanders: British success at St Eloi.
Verdun: Germans driven from north edge of Caillette Wood and west part of Vaux (city of Verdun) by Mangin’s newly arrived 5th Division.

Eastern Front

Baltic Provinces: Germans repulsed at Üxküll bridgehead (Dvina), repulsed near Dvinsk on April 12.

Southern Fronts

Greece: Government refuses Serb Army land route from Corfu to Salonika.

Air War

Britain – German airships make 5 minor raids on provincial England: 11 Navy, 5 Army sorties. LZ97 (Linnarz) bombs Ongar-Barkingside (nights April 3-4, 5-6, 24-25, 25-26 and 26-27, total casualties 12).

Politics

Bulgaria informs Greece that troops ordered to withdraw over frontier (closed save to mails, April 9).
Greece refuses Serb Army land route from Corfu to Salonika.

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