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Diary January 21, 1915


Erich von Falkenhayn
War Minister Erich von Falkenhayn was already in September 1914 Moltke’s successor as Chief of Staff. His strategy in the ‘race to the sea’ in the West collapsed in the fall of 1914, but he gains 1915 success on the Eastern Front. After the unsuccessful ‘bleeding’ at Verdun he will lose the support of the Kaiser in 1916.
War Diary World War One for Thursday, January 21, 1915:

Home Fronts

Germany: Lt-Gen Hohen­born replaces Falkenhayn as War Minister. Admirals Müller’s diary: ‘Kaiser obviously terrified by the thought of a long war’.
Britain: Interned vessels to be used in coastal trade.

Western Front

Champagne: French troops seize woods at Beausejour, but are forced back in Bois-le-Pretre.

Middle East

Dardanelles: Fisher to Jellicoe: ‘I just abominate the Dardanelles operation, unless … it is … 200,000 men with the Fleet’.

Sea War

North Sea: U7 (König) torpedoed (only 1 survivor) and sunk in error by U22 (Hoppe) off Dutch coast (signals failure).

Politics

USA: British Washington Ambassador announces that SS Dacia, if captured, will be placed in a prize court.
Britain: H Samuel reports to British Cabinet on possible Jewish Palestine.

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