World War One Diary for Wednesday, August 28, 1918:
GENERAL GERMAN RETREAT FROM THE SCARPE TO ABOVE R AISNE.
Somme: Chaulnes reoccupied by French. Crown Prince William Special Order claims ‘There is no reason for depression. Even 24 enemy states [actually 23] will not overcome the German nation.’
Artois: Canadian 2nd and 3rd Divisions (5,801 casualties) have fought more than 5 miles forward astride Arras-Cambrai road since August 26, capturing over 3,300 PoWs, 53 guns and 519 MGs, but II Bavarian Corps clings to part of Fresnes-Rouvroy line.
Russia: Miliukov leaves Cadets and forms Constitutional Monarchist Party.
Volga: Colonel Kappel’s 2,000 Whites just fail to seize Romanov railbridge (Moscow-Kazan line) and Trotsky’s HQ train in Red Fifth Army rear. On August 29 Trotsky shoots 20 men from Red regiment that fled on.
Trans-Caspia: 500 Punjabis (32 casualties) and Whites repel Reds from Merv near Kaakhka.
North Sea: Destroyer HMS Ouse with help of Blackburn Kangaroo seaplane depth charges and sinks UC-70 off Yorkshire coast.