Timeline of August 1918

The 112th Howitzer Battery of the Australian Field Artillery in action in a wheat field at Villers-Bretonneux in the morning of the advance on 8 August 1918. The guns are 4.5 inch howitzers. From the Australian First World War Official Exchange Collection at the Imperial War Museum, copyright image IWM E(AUS)2927,with my thanks.

The 112th Howitzer Battery of the Australian Field Artillery in action in a wheat field at Villers-Bretonneux in the morning of the advance on 8 August 1918. The guns are 4.5 inch howitzers. From the Australian First World War Official Exchange Collection at the Imperial War Museum, copyright image IWM E(AUS)2927,with my thanks.

August 1918

DateEvents
The Allied offensive Second Battle of the Marne continues: ends 7 August
1North Russian Expeditionary Force captures Archangel; there is a pro-Entente revolution there next day
2Allied forces recapture Soissons
2Japanese government decides to land troops at Vladivostock; they arrive on 11 August
3British troops land at Vladivostock
3Australian troop ship "Warilda", carrying wounded from Le Havre to Southampton and clearly marked by red crosses, is sunk by German submarine UC-49; 149 lose their lives
4British force arrives at Baku on the Caspian Sea
5Air raid by German airships on England: proves to be the last; L70 brought down
6British government issues statement to Russian people that it has no intention of interfering with Russian politics (while it already has troops in north and south Rusaia and at Vladivostock)
6General Foch is declared a Marshal of France
8British and Commonwealth forces attack with French forces: the Allied element is referred to as the Battle of Amiens; the French part as the Battle of Montdidier. General Ludendorff would later refer to it as the "black day of the German Army"
8British government informs Finland that it is not hostile to Finnish apirations on Murman coast of Russia or in Karelia
10Montidier is recaptured by French forces
11Officially recognised end of Battle of Amiens
11Last German airship destroyed in the war, L53, is brought down off Frisian coast
13Czecho-Slovaks declare war on Germany; British governmen formally recognises them as an Allied nation
13German Minister of Marine Admiral von Capelle resigns: is replaced by von Behenke on 15 August
15Officially recognised end of Battle of Montdidier
15With Allies advancing and Germans being pressed back, the last long range enemy gunfire fell on Paris
17Second Battle of Noyon begins as French renew offensive
18British forces in Flanders undertake successful offsenive operations in Action of Outtersteene Ridge
19Merville is recaptured by British troops
21British forces launch fresh offensive: the Second Battle of the Somme 1918, the first phase of which is the Battle of Albert
22Albert is recaptured by British troops
22Austrian forces begin counter offensive against French and Italians in Albania
24Coup d'Etat at Vladivostock by General Horvat and his supporters
24Allied forces defeat Bolsheviks at Dukhovskaya in eastern Siberia
26Austrian forces recapture Berat in Albania
26British forces launch fresh offensive: the Second Battles of Arras 1918, the first phase being the Battle of the Scarpe
26British defence of Baku commences at Turks attack
27Roye is recaptured as British advance on Somme
27British force occupies Krasnovodsk on the Caspian Sea
29Bapaume is recaptured as British advance on Somme
29French forces recapture Noyon as their advance continues
30Official end of Battle of the Scarpe
30Bailleul is recaptured as British advance in Flanders
31German forces evacuate from key Mount Kemmel (Kemmelberg) height
31Second Battles of the Somme 1918 is renewed with British and Commonwealth offensive known as the Second Battle of Bapaume
31Captain Cromie RN, British naval attache in Petrograd, murdered

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