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Diary April 5, 1915

Maschinengewehr 08
The Maschinengewehr 08, introduced in 1908, was the mainstay of the German Army’s heavy machine-gun detachments throughout the war and was a very potent weapon indeed. Estimates suggest that it was responsible for around 90 per cent of the casualties of attacking Allied soldiers on the Western Front.
Diary for Monday, April 5, 1915:

Western Front

Meuse-Argonne: French First and Third Armies attack in very bad weather, aiming to flatten out St Mihiel salient. Little progress against MG fire, barbed wire and mud until April 14.
Flanders: Belgians repulsed at Driegrachten.

Eastern Front

Austrian CoS Conrad meets his German counterpart Falkenhayn, proposes peace with Russia to contain Italy.

African Fronts

Tripolitania: Italians’ break out from Jebel Nefusa into French Tunisia. Colonel Gian¬≠inazzi’s column returns to Mizda in south without baggage, food and ammo.

Home Fronts

Britain: Two German officer PoWs escape from Denbigh (Wales), recaptured on April 11.

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