Diary for Friday, June 9, 1916:
Brusilov offensive – Bukovina: Lechitski transfers 2 divisions to south bank of Dniester, fierce struggle for Hill 458 (until June 10) before Pflanzer-Baltin orders retreat to river Prut.
Verdun – West bank: Unsuccessful German attacks east and southwest of Hill 304.
East bank: French XII Corps reoccupies Thiaumont works after Germans evacuate them (night June 8-9) as untenable, then drives back German 0600 hours attack.
Salonika: Allied War Council defers decision on 1916 Balkan offensive.
Arab Revolt: Arabs attack Mecca and Jeddah garrisons; 4,000 cut off latter’s water supply.
Lake Victoria: 826 British soldiers occupy Ukerewe Island (until June 15) from 6 ships.
Action at Mkalamo: Sheppard’s River column holds Kraut’s counter-attack and occupies intact bridge on June 10.
Britain: Allied War Council in London until June 10.
Britain: Petrol sub-committee appointed for priority distribution, reveals civil use of 150 million gallons per year but only a month’s supply in country on June 20.