Diary June 7, 1917

 trenches on the Messines Ridge
Captured German trenches on the Messines Ridge.
World War One Diary for Thursday, June 7, 1917:

Western Front

Flanders – BATTLE OF MESSINES RIDGE (until June 14): 9 divisions of British Second Army (Plumer) attack on 9-mile front and capture Messines­-Wylschaete ridge. Attack preceded at 0310 hours by devastat­ing, 500t largest non-nuclear explosion of 19 mines (1 still unexploded); causes panic in Lille 15 miles distant. British take 6,400 PoWs. German Gruppe Wytschaete commander Laffert sacked (June 16).
Belgium: Petain impresses King Albert at first meeting, tells him ‘The French Army is no longer what it was’, Belgians to join Anglo-French Flanders advance at certain stage.

Sea War

Atlantic: U-boats begin offensive off US East Coast. Q-ship Pargust (Campbell, crew win 2 Victoria Cross) sinks UC-29 (Rose) off southeast Ireland.
Baltic: First Congress of the Baltic Fleet (until June 28) at Helsinki tries to clarify C-in-C’s authority.

Air War

Western Front: Mannock scores his first victory.

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