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The Wartime Memories Project - The Great War - Day by Day

24th October 1917

On 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.

    War Diaries

  • 24th Oct 1917 Cleaning and Training

  • 24th Oct 1917 Gun Mounted


    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.

    The National Archives Reference WO95/2361/1

  • 24th Oct 1917 Dull Day

  • 24th Oct 1917 Training

  • 24th Oct 1917 Patrols

  • 24th Oct 1917 Party Rejoins Battalion

  • 24th Oct 1917 Working Parties

  • 24th Oct 1917 Attack Made

  • 24th Oct 1917 Reliefs

  • 24th October 1917 To France

  • 24th of October 1917 Relieved

  • 24th of October 1917 Cooking continued

  • 24th Oct 1917 Inspection

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Remembering those who died this day.

  • Pte. John Field. 54th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Sgt. Albert Hunn. Northumberland Fusiliers 1/7th Battalion Read their Story.
  • 2nd Lt. Percy James Church King. MM. Royal Field Artillery 315th Brigade, D Bty.
  • Cpl. Robert Thompson. Highland Light Infantry 9th (Glasgow) Btn. Read their Story.

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