Diary for Saturday, March 4, 1916:
Germany: Tirpitz and Admiral Holtzendorff fail to get Kaiser’s Crown Council to back unrestricted U-boat warfare, postponed till April 1.
East Atlantic: U32 (Spiegel) opens new offensive sinking British tanker Teutonion 36 miles southwest of Fastnet, 13 U-boats sent to Southwestern Approaches (until April 24). UC-Boats lay 73 minefields with total of 710 mines, sinking 30 ships until April.
Verdun: Franz Marc, German Expressionist painter killed, aged 36, by French shell at Gussainville Castle. Wrote of German wounded coming back ‘like a vision in hell’ (M;arch 3). Germans repulsed east of Poivre Ridge.
5th Indian Light Infantry (517 men) lands at Mombasa from Cameroons. Portuguese seize German ships at Lourenco Marques.
Anglo-Russian Military Demarcation Agreement on Persia expands latter’s 1907 share to line Khanikin-Isfahan-Birdjan.
Germany: 4th War Loan (until March 24).