1916, Alexander von Linsingen, Battle of Albert, Battle of the Somme, Brusilov Offensive, communications, Felix Graf von Bothmer, France, Great Britain, House of Lords, Koropets, Koropiec, La Boisselle, Lloyd George, Lord Derby, Lutsk, Minister of War, prisoners of war, railway, Russia, Sarny, Sir Edward Grey, Thiepval, trenches, Ukraine
British take a trench on a front of 1,000 yards east of La Boisselle and defeat German counter-attack south-west of Thiepval. Great battle north of the Lutsk salient; Linsingen loses 8,000 prisoners; his line broken; Russians advance 11 miles along the Sarny–Kovel Railway. Count Bothmer‘s retreat to the Koropiec; Russians take 10,000 prisoners. Ministerial changes; Sir Edward Grey raised to the peerage; Mr. Lloyd George becomes Secretary of State for War and Lord Derby Under-Secretary.
1915, aeroplanes, attack, Bulgaria, civilian casualties, Foreign Minister, France, Germany, Great Britain, Imperial German Navy, Komitadjis, merchant shipping, Picardie, press, prisoners of war, Royal Navy, Serbia, sinking, Sir Edward Grey, Soissons, submarine, United States of America, Washington
Communications, through Washington, between the British and German Governments respecting the treatment of captured submarine crews are issued by the Press Bureau. The German Government threatened reprisals if the British Admiralty segregates the officers and men recently rescued from two German submarines. Sir Edward Grey in his reply points out that as the crews of the German submarines were engaged in sinking innocent British and neutral merchant ships and wantonly killing non-combatants, they cannot be regarded as honourable opponents. A German aeroplane brought down near Soissons, the third in 24 hours. A Bulgarian force, described as consisting of “irregulars” and “Komitadjis,” attacks a Serbian blockhouse and is repulsed.
Fall of Przemysl. The investment began on September 26, but the fortress was relieved during the Austrian advance in November. It had, however, been uninterruptedly besieged since November 11. Sir Edward Grey, speaking in London, says that one essential condition of peace must be the restoration of Belgian freedom, and reparation to her for cruel wrongs suffered. The great issue is that the peoples of Europe, small as well as great, should be free to live their own independent lives and work out their own forms of government and their own national development.
The Admiralty issue a list of casualties in the operations in the Dardanelles. Twenty-two of the crew (chiefly stokers) of the Amethyst have been killed. Text is issued of the dispatch in which Sir Edward Grey announced to Washington our intention to stop German supplies. “The British Fleet institutes a blockade, effectively controlling by cruiser cordon all passage to and from Germany by sea.”