World War One Diary for Tuesday, August 6, 1918:
France: Foch created Marshal of France (receives baton on August 24). Vienna newspaper Arbeiter-Zeitung praises Foch: ‘… the Allies now possess a leader whose name arouses confidence and … they believe that, unlike his predecessors, he will not fall far short of the mature skill … possessed by Hindenburg and Ludendorff’.
Marne and Aisne: Franco-American troops reach river Vesle and straighten out Salient (Soissons-Reims). Carlowitz takes over German Ninth Army from F Below. Army Group Boehn formed.
Somme: German division counter-attack at Morlancourt regains much ground and 250 PoWs (British 18th and 58th Divisions replacing Australians).
USSR: Sovnarkom authorizes unions to send armed men to get bread from villages. Recalled German Ambassador leaves Moscow (arrives Pskov on August 11).
Britain: Government issues non-interference declaration to Russian people (published August 9).
Mediterranean: U-boat sinks destroyer HMS Comet. Allied mining conference at Malta (until August 9), US Navy to lay second Otranto mine barrage and a South Aegean one.