Diary December 19, 1917

Gigant' bomber
Five-engined Zeppelin Staaken ‘Gigant’ bomber
World War One Diary for Wednesday, December 19, 1917:

Air War

Britain: Air defences finally told of Giant bomber, codenamed Bertie, after its eight raid.

Sea War

Channel: New Dover Straits minefield claims first victim, coastal submarine UB-56 after Vice-Admiral Bacon advised to start flare and searchlight surface patrol along it.
Adriatic: 2 old Austrian battleships, 1 cruiser, 6 destroyers shell Italian Cortellazzo batteries again, but big ships withdrawn to Pola on December 20, 3 old battleships mothballed after December 28 to obtain personnel.

Southern Fronts

Piave: British artillery in action at Montello. Italian counter­-attacks against Mts Rertica and Asolone fail to gain ground until fog and thick snow end operations on December 21.

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