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28th December 1915On this day:
- Batteries in Action 6th County of London Brigade RFA at Annequin report
Batteries fired a few rounds in calibration, checking lines and registration during the early part of the morning.
At 1120 17th London Battery fired sixteen Shrapnel and twenty H.E. at forward Observation Post at a.29.a.4.4 in reply to enemy shelling railway at A.27.d.6.4 and the vicinity of our Batteries Observation Posts from 0820 to 0911.
The 19th London Battery fired twelve rounds on communication trench in G.4.a. at 1143
The 19th London Battery fired on a German working party in Pekin trench.
At 1255, 1350 and 1555 the 15th London Battery fired forty four rounds H.E. in total on A.23.d.1.3 in reply to enemy firing on trenches A.23.c.3.2 - the enemy ceased firing.
At 1440 the 17th London Battery fired eight Shrapnel and ten H.E. on a house in front of Douvrin Clock Tower (a suspected officer’s mess) and several direct hits were obtained.
From 1400 to 1445 the 19th London Battery fired fourteen H.E. at G.4.b.9.7 to stop enemy machine gun and rifle fire on a British Aeroplane.
At 1515 the 19th London Battery fired four shrapnel on A.30.7.4 (German working party in Pekin Alley).
The 15th London Battery fired ninety nine H.E. during the night at road A.30.d.9.9 to A.29.d.2.6.
At 2100, 2200, 0100 and 0600 the 16th London Battery fired forty three Shrapnel and thirty five H.E. on Cross trench and trenches running behind force 8.
During the night 17th London Battery fired twelve Shrapnel and twelve H.E. on suspected trench positions in G.4.b.
- 28th December 1915 9th Lancers Digging Party Wthdrawn
- 8th Manchesters evacuated from Gallipoli 8th Manchesters are evacuated from Gallipoli to Mudros, they then proceed to Egypt.
- Battle of Durazzo 1915 The First Battle of Durazzo was a naval battle of World War I. It was fought off Durazzo, Albania at the end of December 1915 and involved the navies of Austria, the United Kingdom, Italy, and France.
In December 1915, the Austro-Hungarian Navy sent another cruiser Squadron into the Adriatic, this time to interfere with the Serbian Campaign. The new light cruiser SMS Helgoland, accompanied by five Tatra-class destroyers left Cattaro and headed for Durazzo late on 28 December 1915, with the submarine U-15 and two destroyers already off Durazzo on patrol. While on passage, the Austro-Hungarians sighted the French submarine Monge on patrol to the south of Cattaro. The destroyer SMS Balaton opened fire before ramming and sinking Monge. Early the next day, the Austrian squadron arrived off Durazzo and opened fire on the town, with Helgoland sinking a Greek steamer and two schooners. The destroyer Lika ran into a minefield and was sunk. Triglav was badly damaged by another mine. SMS Csepel attempted to take Triglav in tow, but fouled a propeller and the job was taken over by Tatra. The crippled Austrian force now returned slowly north.
Allied forces in Brindisi were alerted to the Austrian force and the British sent out the Town-class light cruiser HMS Dartmouth. These were quickly followed by the Italian light cruisers Quatro and Nino Bixio, British destroyer HMS Weymouth and five French destroyers. The Austrians also responded and despatched from Cattaro, the armoured cruiser Kaiser Karl VI, and the light cruiser Novara, to support the returning survivors of the raid, but they did not see action. Early in the afternoon of 29 December the forward Allied ships came into action with the Austrian squadron which was still only halfway home. The French destroyers headed for the Austrian destroyer Triglav, still under tow, which was abandoned and scuttled off Cape Rondini, after being fired upon by the French destroyer Casque. Meanwhile, the Allied cruisers attempted to cut off and deal with Helgoland and the three remaining destroyers. In a long-range gunnery duel fought throughout the afternoon, Helgoland skillfully avoided the Allied cruisers and reached Cattaro safely but with the loss of the valuable Lika and Triglav. Tatra suffered a damaged engine from several shell hits
- 28th Dec 1915 Parade and March
- 28th Dec 1915 Christmas Dinner
- 28th Dec 1915 Artillery Active
- 28th Dec 1915 Under Fire
- 28th Dec 1915 Orders
- 28th Dec 1915 Trench Work
- 28th Dec 1915 On the move
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