Diary November 13, 1917

abandoned Turkish field gun in Palestine
British officers examine an abandoned Turkish field gun in Palestine.
World War One Diary for Tuesday, November 13, 1917:

Middle East

Palestine: Allenby attacks towards Jctn Station of Jerusalem railway with 25,000 men and 136 guns against 9000 Turks with c.60 guns. 800 Yeomanry (130 casualties) charge and storm EI Mughar Ridge and village, take over 1,000 PoWs, 2 guns and 14 MGs.

Southern Fronts

Italy: General Plumer arrives at Mantua to take over as British C-in-C (appointment November 10) 423 Italian battalions (33 divisions) with 3,500 guns vs 736 Austro-German battalions (55 divisions) and 4,500 guns.
Trentino: Austrian 1st Mountain Brigade enters Primolano, Brenta valley, takes Mt Tonderica on November 15. Italians forced off Gallio heights but hold Mt Sisemol.

Air War

France: Germans bomb Calais (earlier raids on October 20, 21 and 24).

Home Fronts

Russia: Lenin appeals to Party to seize whole country. Reds control Smolensk after defeating Cossacks and also capture Tashkent on November 14.
Britain: Thomson reassures War Cabinet no German link with pacifists, boredom main motivation.
France: ­Painleve Ministry defeated 186­-279, resigns on November 14.

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