Diary for Wednesday, May 24, 1916:
Verdun – Fighting on whole front: Germans regain Fort Douaumont and Caillette woods with 100 PoWs. Mangin temporarily disgraced. French recapture part of Cumieres (west bank). One French division’s artillery relieved on east bank after firing 180,000 shells since April 21, losing 17 guns to German fire and 19 exploded accidentally.
Russia: Brusilov cables Alexeiev that he can attack a week from when ordered or June 1, so telegraphs Army commanders. Postponed till June 4 to allow Western Front more time.
Italian Fronts: Heavy snow halts Austrian VIII Corps drive on Mt Pasubio, but it captures Mt Cimone today from 2 Alpini battalions. Italian 27th Division replaces battered V Corps.