Diary August 8, 1916

Russian prisoners captured by the Germans during the Brusilov Offensive
Russian prisoners captured by the Germans during the Brusilov Offensive trudge into captivity.
Diary for Tuesday, August 8, 1916:

Eastern Front

Brusilov offensive, Pripet: Russian Guard and Third Armies attack towards Kovel, make no gains (until August 9). Guard losses 55,292 men; July 25 – August 9.

Western Front

Battle of the Somme: British gain 400 yards at Guillemont – Germans still hold south end of village, repulse Allied attacks on August 9. British 2nd Division attacks Waterlot Farm to northwest until August 9.

Southern Fronts

Isonzo: Italians clear western bank of middle Isonzo, secure all Podgora; 4 battalions cross road bridge to enter Gorizia on east side, Lieutenant Baruzzi (28th Regiment, 12th Division) first in, raises Italian flag on station, winning gold medal.

Middle East

Sinai: Turks abandon Oghratina but repulse Anzac Mounted Division pursuit (322 casualties) at Bir­el-Abd (August 9), but evacuate it on August 11.

Air War

Western Front: 3 FE2bs of No 25 Squadron defeat 6 Roland biplanes over Bethune, forcing them to jettison bombs over own lines.
Britain: 9 Zeppelins scatter 173 bombs over East England and Scotland (night August 8-9, 21 of 26 casualties in Hull). Admiralty now has 114 warships with anti-aircraft guns able to engage Zeppelins.


Portugal decides to extend military help in war at Europe.
Allies agree on terms for Rumania.

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