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

30th October 1917

On this day:

  • Italians pushed back to the Tagliamento   The Italian army was pushed back to the River Tagliamento by the advancing Germans, however the stretched supply lines meant that the German and Austro-Hungarian Forces were unable to continue the attack. In a lull in the fighting the Italians were able to withdraw to the River Piave north of Venice. The battle had cost them 300,000 men, 270,000 of these being taken prisoner, and the loss of almost all their artillery pieces. Prompting the Allies to send five British and Six French divisions to Italy to prevent further advances by the enemy. The defeat brought a wave of patriotism to the Italian people, quashing previously popular anti-war sentiments.

  • Daily Activity   9th Btn. (North Irish Horse) the Royal Irish Fusiliers.

    Havrincourt Wood.

    The enemy was more active with his machine guns. Single shots were fired from an enemy fixed rifle or machine gun on the duckboard track leading to Central Company Headquarters from Henley Lane.

    An enemy machine gun was firing at No.I Lewis Gun post in R3 at 1715. A Bosche was seen going from Dean to Etna, which looks as if he had been in Dean all day.

    War Diaries

  • W Class Zeppelin   

    LZ104 L59

    Zeppelin LZ104 (L59)

    • Production Ref: LZ104
    • Class type : W
    • Tactical ref: L59
    • Usage: Military
    • First Flight: 30th October 1917


    It was known as "das Afrika-Schiff" (the Africa Ship) and was stationed in Yambol (Bulgaria).

    L 59 started out on a mission to resupply German troops in German East Africa, but turned back upon (false) reports of a German surrender, nevertheless, the ship broke a long-distance flight record (6,757 kilometres (4,199 mi) in 95 hours and 5 minutes).

    One attack on Naples, Italy dropping 6,400 kilograms (14,100 lb) of bombs. Caught fire during a raid on Malta on 7 April 1918 for unknown reasons.

    John Doran

  • Gotha Night raids   The following night a major raid was mounted, the bomb load including large numbers of a newly developed 4.5 kg (10 lb) incendiary bomb. 22 Gothas took off, of which over half released their bombs over Kent with little effect other than the destruction of a gasometer in Ramsgate. Bombs were dropped on the eastern suburbs, but many of the incendiaries failed to ignite, and five aircraft crashed when attempting to land.

    John Doran

  • Australian Troop Transports   

    HMAT A60 Aeneas Pictured embarking from Port Melbourne on the 30th October 1917.

    The HMAT A60 Aeneas weighed 10,049 tons with an average cruise speed of 14 knots or 25.92 kmph. It was owned by the Ocean SS Co Ltd, Liverpool, and leased by the Commonwealth until the 22nd June 1917.

    John Doran

  • 30th Oct 1917 Range Practice for Draft

  • 30th Oct 1917 Artillery In Action


    Firing on BRAY range. Gas lecture before breakfast. Weather continues cold and wet. Bayonet fighting. Coy drill, organisation & tactical exercises.

    The National Archives Reference WO95/2361/1

  • 30th Oct 1917 Very Wet Day

  • 30th Oct 1917 On the Move

  • 30th Oct 1917 Patrols

  • 30th Oct 1917 On the Move

  • 30th Oct 1917 Working Parties

  • 30th of October 1917 Celebration

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Remembering those who died this day.

  • Pte. Henry Campbell Anderson. London Regiment 28th (County of London) Battalion (Artists Rifles) Read their Story.
  • Gnr. F. Box. Royal Field Artillery 173 Brigade, ABty. Read their Story.
  • Spr. James Blair Davidson. 1st Australian Tunnelling Coy.
  • Pte. Thomas F. Foster. Lincolnshire Yeomanry 3/1st Squadron.
  • Hugh McDonald McKenzie. VC DCM Canadian Machine Gun Corps 7th Company
  • Lt. Hugh McDonald McKenzie. VC, DCM, CdeG. Canadian Machine Gun Corps Read their Story.
  • Gnr. John Miller. Royal Field Artillery 177th Bde. Read their Story.
  • Pte. William Mills. Royal Fusiliers 7th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Reginald Francis Moore. Artists Rifles 1st Btn. Read their Story.
  • Gnr. George Henry Trull. Royal Field Artillery 117th Bty. Read their Story.

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