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Diary February 19, 1916

 Lieutenant General Smuts
The new British commander Lieutenant General Smuts (2nd from right) in East Africa.

Diary for Saturday, February 19, 1916:

African Fronts

East Africa: Smuts reaches Mombasa and assumes command, forms Lake Force and reaches Nairobi on February 23. Kitchener approves his offensive on February 25.

Southern Fronts

Albania: Italian Savona Brigade outposts repel Austrian attacks on river Arzen and Pjesha heights, but on February 23 blow up bridge and retreat to Durazzo.

Politics

USA: Government protest to Turkey on Armenian massacres.

Home Fronts

Britain: MI5 form Munitions Ministry intelligence department. Fisher to Observer editor: ‘We are at the very blackest period of the war.’

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