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Diary May 8, 1915

RN airship
A SS class airship of the Royal Navy before launch.
Diary for Saturday, May 8, 1915:

Air War

Britain: British airship SS1 snares telegraph wires and crashes in flames. First coastal station for anti-submarine patrol airships opened at Capel (Folkestone).

Western Front

YpresBattle of Frezenberg Ridge (until May 13): Germans take ridge after heavy bombardment from 0530 hours of British V Corps front which has only 18 heavy guns. Gallant stand by British, 84th brigade almost wiped out, but line gives only 1000 yard (ca. 914 m) (until May 13).
Artois: French blow 5 mines in prelim operation (night May 8-9) but lose objective to counter-attack.

Eastern Front

Carpathians: Russian XXIV Corps reduced to 1,000 men in counter-attack near Dukla Pass. Prussian Guard breaks through to north.

Home Fronts

Canada: War Purchasing Commission formed.

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