Diary April 30, 1915

General Liman von Sanders
The German General Liman von Sanders, commander of the Turkish 5th Army on Gallipoli.
Diary for Friday, April 30, 1915:

Middle East

Enver Pasha orders Liman to ‘drive the invaders into the sea’; 2 divisions from Asia Minor transferred to Gallipoli. Allied losses now total c.11,000. (War Office estimates for all operations just c.5,000).

Western Front

Ypres: Foch launches inconclusive attack.
Alsace: ­French Vosges Army losses in 1915 to date 20,300 men.
Lorraine: French war poet Antoine Dujardin (born 1887) dies of wounds at Toul, his Dans Les Tranchees 1914-15 published in 1915.

Eastern Front

Galicia: Austrian Gorlice deserters reveal May 2 attack date to Russians.

Sea War

Dardanelles: Battleship Lord Nelson sets Chanak alight night April 30-May 1.

Air War

Southwest Africa: First British aircraft – 3 Farman, 2 BEs – ­land at Walvis Bay to give valuable cover for Union Expeditionary Force against German colonists.
North Sea: Patrolling­ German airship L9 (Mathy) attacks 3 Royal Navy submarines; D4 damaged.

Home Fronts

Britain: King and Kitchener visit Royal Small Arms Factory, Enfield Middx.

Occupied countries

Eastern France: Bread ration cards in Lille in April introduced.

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