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Diary March 26, 1915

German machine-gun 'Scharfschützen Kompanie'
A German machine-gun ‘Scharfschützen Kompanie’ in 1915. The gun has a telescopic sight.
Diary for Friday, March 26, 1915:

Western Front

Alsace: Despite German use of flamethrowers, French storm fortified summit of Hart­mannsweilerkopf and exploit 160 yards (ca. 146 m) along 2 ridges to the east.

Eastern Front

General Alexeiev replaces Ruzki as C-in-C Northwest Front.

Air War

Germany: 6 French aircraft bomb Metz Zeppelin sheds and rail station.
Dardanelles: Commander Samson’s No 3 Squadron RNAS (from Dunkirk) begins landing at Tenedos with 18 aircraft and 118 men, vineyard cleared to make airfield, first flight on March 28.

Neutrals

Holland: Dutch troops ordered to German frontier, invasion seems imminent; Churchill and Kitchener look at contingency plans until March 28 but false alarm.

Home Fronts

Germany: Local authorities authorized to ban alcohol sale; production cut on March 31 of 40% malt in breweries.

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