Diary for Monday, March 29, 1915:
Egypt: General Hamilton inspects 20,000 Anzacs troops for the Dardanelles (2,480 NZ reinforcements arrived on March 26).
First German Gas Regiment formed, 2 battalions of 3 coys each.
Allied conference at Chantilly (GOG), Kitchener, Joffre and Field Marshal French; latter agrees to release 2 French corps for spring offensive.
Flanders: U-boat Flotilla activated with 127t coastal UB boats (first 6 missions in late April) and 168t UC mine layers; assembled at Antwerp and towed to Bruges-Zeebrugge via canals (16 U-boats operational by October).
East Africa: 300 British soldiers with 16 lorries (used for the first time in this campaign) beaten by Germans at Salaita Hill, east of Taveta.
Britain: Lloyd George: ‘Drink is a more dangerous enemy than Germany or Austria’. Shipbuilders urge prohibition. St Dunstan’s War Blind Hostel opens.