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24th October 1917On this day:
- Italian defeat at Caporetto The Italian army suffers a heavy defeat at the Battle of Caporetto. The Germans brought forces up to aid the Austro-Hungarian army in the Isonzo area and made a mass attack on the weakest point of the Italian front line near Caporetto. Aided by mist, on the 24th of October the German attack completely surprised the Italians. The Italian Cadorna ordered the commander at Caporetto to man a defensive line. However, the commander, Capello, ignored an order to man a defensive line and adopted a costly policy of aggression. By the end of the day, the Germans forces near Caporetto had advanced 25 kilometres.
- Daily Activity 9th Btn. (North Irish Horse) the Royal Irish Fusiliers.
Havrincourt Wood, K.31.c.0.0.
The Battalion relieved the 12th Royal Irish Rifles in the line with relief completed at 2230.
- A Company Yorkshire Bank, one Platoon in reserve in Cheetham Switch, north of Henley Avenue;
- B Company on right, two Platoons in front line, one Platoon in reserve line;
- C Company in reserve;
- D Company in R3, with one Platoon in mined dugout at J.36.b.10.20.
No casualties during a quiet night.
- 24th Oct 1917 Cleaning and Training
- 24th Oct 1917 Gun Mounted
- FRONT LINE
Quiet until 2.0pm when enemy artillery fired a few shots 77mm & 4.2s on BRANDY & BRITANNIA and later put down barrage on our lines travelling from South to North, evidently in retaliation for our wire cutting. Battalion trench strength during this was varied between 340 & 350.
- 24th Oct 1917 Dull Day
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