World War One Diary for Tuesday, June 19, 1917:
Trentino: From 0600 hours Alpini (15 battalions) storm Mt Ortigara summit (6,906 ft) taking 1,000 PoWs (including Kaiserjaeger) but Austrians hold 6,729 ft peak and Mt Camigoletti although 9 battalions v 35; Austrians bring up 2 battalions and Conrad’s requests for more reserves finally answered.
Black Sea: Vice-Admiral Kolchak, C-in-C Russian Black Sea Fleet, deposed by delegate assembly of sailors’ councils and replaced by Vice-Admiral Lukin. Russian Navy pay rise backdated to May 13.
Channel: French submarine Ariane torpedoed and sunk on trials by UC-22.
Britain: King abolishes Royal Family’s enemy titles, British peerages for Tecks and Battenbergs. Commons 330
majority to give wives over age 30 the vote.
Arabia: Lawrence and 500 Arabs begin march on Aqaba but then execute 100-strong northern sabotage diversion against Amman-Deraa railway before June 27.