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Diary April 9, 1915

August von Mackensen
General August von Mackensen, a veteran of the war of 1870-71, created the offensive plan in the east, which will break the Russian front.
Diary for Friday, April 9, 1915:

Eastern Front

German CoS Falkenhayn decides to attack in the East; Kaiser sanctions on April 13. 8 divisions from Western Front ordered to move to the East on April 15. Mackensen to lead new Eleventh Army from April 16.
Carpathians: Russian advance resumes, gains mountain crest for 70 miles (ca. 113 km) from Dukla to Uzsok Pass (fighting until April 14).

Western Front

Meuse-Argonne: French offensive renewed. French storm Les Eparges crest. Unsuccessful German counter­attacks on April 11.
Flanders­: French sink rafts laden with German assault troops attacking St Jacques Capelle, south of Dixmude.

Politics

Germany: Government protests to the USA over sending absolute contraband to Allies.

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