German submarine U-66 torpedoes and sinks the Spanish cargo boat SS Santanderino in the Atlantic Ocean 18 miles off the French island of Ouessant. Four of her twenty crew drown; the survivors are rescued by a Norwegian merchant ship. Santanderino was en route from Liverpool to Havana at the time of the attack.
German forces seize Bethincourt in the Battle of Verdun
Australian soldiers relaxing near Armentieres 1916. The soldiers on the right are chatting; extracting lice – chats – from their clothing. Image courtesy Australian War Memorial.
Day 605 of the war
The first Australian troops arrive on the Western Front. Units of the Australian 2nd Division are introduced to the battlefield at ‘The Nursery’ – a relatively quiet sector south of the manufacturing town of Armentieres on the Lys River near the Belgium border.
The Leader reports that the recent public meeting to discuss Anzac Day commemorations was so poorly attended that the decision was made to adjourn the meeting until next week. Anzac Day
“It is earnestly to be hoped that all citizens—men and women—who desire to show that they appreciate the gallantry of the boys who fought and fell for us in Gallipoli will be present.”
General Alexander Ragoza renews the Russian Second Army’s attack on German positions at Lake Naroch. The Germans hold their ground. Meanwhile, the French repulse an attack south and east of Haucourt.
British forces launch a third attempt to relieve besieged forces at Kut-al-Amara in Mesopotamia. Major-General Sir George Frederick Gorringe makes a surprise attack but the Turks hold fast, inflicting major casualties.
The successful evacuation of more than 260,000 Serbian troops, primarily to Corfu, is completed. In addition to the troops more than 10,150 horses and 68 guns are transported without a single loss. This constitutes the largest successful sea evacuation to date.