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Diary May 4, 1915

French 75mm field gun
French 75mm field gun in action.
Diary for Tuesday, May 4, 1915:

Western Front

German GHO moves to Pless, Silesia.
Artois: French bombardment by 1,073 guns (690,000 shells) and 92 mortars begins.
Flanders РYpres: Battle of St Julien ends. Sir J French advises War Office that German High Command has definitely decided to use poison gases as normal weapon. British withdrawal completed to line, Mouse-trap Farm­ РFrezenberg Ridge РHuuge Zillebeke Ridge РHill 60. French advance between Lizerne and Het Sas. 1st Canadian Division withdrawn to GHO Reserve, joined by 1,500 dismounted cavalry on May 8.

Eastern Front

Galicia: Russian general Radko resists briefly on river Wisloka until next day.

Southern Fronts

Austro-Italian frontier: Italian troop trains running, but mobilization takes 48 days not 23 as planned.

Middle East

Gallipoli – Anzac beach: 2 Royal Marines battalions repel Turk breakthrough. Latter’s losses reach 14,000 men.

Politics

Britain: Catholicos of Armenians appeals to King George V to get neutrals’ intervention.

Home Fronts

Britain: 2nd War Budget, only duties increased.

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