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5 submarines H4-H9 were built by British Pacif…

5 submarines H4-H9 were built by British Pacific Construction and Engineering Company in Vancouver, Canada. They were ordered by Imperial Russia but after the Soviets took over they were sent to America. There they were reassembled at Puget Sound Navy Yard & commissioned by US Navy for Pacific fleet. May 23 1918 Here are some being built.

May 23 1918 “British soldier extinguishi…

May 23 1918 “British soldier extinguishing the fire at a cartridge dump at Saigneville” https://t.co/icZn1dgIIN https://t.co/5yGvwk3G9U http://twitter.com/ThisDayInWWI/status/999043700767379456

May 23 1918 “Destruction caused by the f…

May 23 1918 “Destruction caused by the fire at a cartridge dump at Saigneville” https://t.co/fiwZl0RBf7 https://t.co/uwKhWpazL5 http://twitter.com/ThisDayInWWI/status/999043504738217984

May 23 1918 “Destruction caused by the f…

May 23 1918 “Destruction caused by the fire at a cartridge dump at Saigneville” https://t.co/rENuiGrgXN https://t.co/ilxOIzkc7O http://twitter.com/ThisDayInWWI/status/999043099945979904

May 23 1918 “French Nieuport aeroplane, …

May 23 1918 “French Nieuport aeroplane, serial number N10591, ready for flight at the HQ Camp at Issoudun” https://t.co/aW6RQoykhU https://t.co/bGF5BRc6uh http://twitter.com/ThisDayInWWI/status/999042882840416256

May 23 1918 “Destruction caused by the f…

May 23 1918 “Destruction caused by the fire at a cartridge dump at Saigneville” https://t.co/ARr4UT8uNh https://t.co/OZs5k2q3t0 http://twitter.com/ThisDayInWWI/status/999042585212600320

Lance Corporal Jack Frerichs, 2458A, 27th Batt…

Lance Corporal Jack Frerichs, 2458A, 27th Battalion, attached to the 50th Battalion, Australian Infantry, Australian Imperial Force dies May 23 1918 https://t.co/b2qfONFjhr https://t.co/HotXSm0cIW http://twitter.com/ThisDayInWWI/status/999042177803038720

May 22 1918 While raiding African colony of Po…

May 22 1918 While raiding African colony of Portuguese Mozambique the German’s under Lettow-Vorbeck engage British again in the rocky hills near Korewa. The Germans were able to escape but forced to abandon all of their animals and porters leaving them in a desperate situation https://t.co/3lByBo3791 http://twitter.com/ThisDayInWWI/status/999040361921040384

British Capture German Baggage Train in Mozamb…

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May 22 1918, Korewa–Since crossing into Mozambique in November, the German forces under Lettow-Vorbeck had been doing their best to raid the Portuguese and capture their supplies while avoiding the British forces sent to pursue them.  His area of operations was too thinly settled to maintain his whole force as one unit, so he divided it into multiple columns to fan out and secure supplies individually.  On April 12, the British caught up with Captain Koehl’s column at Medo, engaging it for seven hours before the Germans were able to slip away.  On May 22, they engaged them again in the rocky hills near Korewa, nearly managing to trap the whole column this time.  The Germans were able to escape, but had to abandon all of their animals and porters, over 100,000 rounds of ammunition, all of their mountain gun ammunition, and large quantities of food and medical supplies.  This left the Germans critically short on supplies overall, and Lettow-Vorbeck planned to push south of the Lurio River, in the direction of Quelimane, for more supplies.

The governor of German East Africa, Heinrich Schnee, had been left in an awkward situation when the Germans abandoned the colony; he was now a governor with no colony left to govern, and could no longer claim any authority over Lettow-Vorbeck.  Schnee lost all of his baggage at Korewa, and had to scrounge what he could; Lettow-Vorbeck gave him a pair of blue socks which, he said, Schnee’s “wife had made for me at the beginning of the war, but which unfortunately had faded.”

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Sources include: Byron Farwell, The Great War in Africa.

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Ladder leading to a French machine gun position inside one of the WWI forts at Verdun.