Category: wwi

Aug 18 1919 Adventure magazine https://t.co/uo…

Aug 18 1919 Adventure magazine https://t.co/uox9Ki208p http://twitter.com/ThisDayInWWI/status/1163180041057947648

Aug 17 1919 Albuquerque Morning Journal publis…

Aug 17 1919 Albuquerque Morning Journal publishes this picture of New Mexico’s Aztec Ruins National Monument https://t.co/XpBbzkOgEl https://t.co/My8kpIwhdZ http://twitter.com/ThisDayInWWI/status/1163179425384452096

Aug 18 1918 IWM (Q 6948) “Action of Outt…

Aug 18 1918 IWM (Q 6948) “Action of Outtersteene Ridge. Artillery observers watching the progress of the creeping barrage laid down to support the attack of 27th Brigade, 9th Division. Meteren” August 18 1918 by Brooke, John Warwick (Photographer) https://t.co/UQpC6qKJK9 https://t.co/29FCpXihww http://twitter.com/ThisDayInWWI/status/1163163653568266240

Aug 18 1917 IWM (Q 2742) “A French soldi…

Aug 18 1917 IWM (Q 2742) “A French soldier and a sergeant of the Royal Garrison Artillery toasting each other in French ration wine at Boezinge” August 18 1917 by Brooks, Ernest (Lieutenant) (Photographer) https://t.co/98qvauGsEm https://t.co/woI5LTRtA9 http://twitter.com/ThisDayInWWI/status/1163156104588734464

Aug 18 1917 Ref: ½-012897-G “New …

Aug 18 1917 Ref: ½-012897-G “New Zealand howitzer gun emplacement, Western Front … howitzer mounted in prepared gun emplacement that is heavily fortified. Photograph taken 18 August 1917 by Henry Armytage Sanders.” https://t.co/0vwK7N5cZS https://t.co/ES3U9KEUMi http://twitter.com/ThisDayInWWI/status/1163148555411808256

Aug 18 1918 United States Army cargo ship USAT…

Aug 18 1918 United States Army cargo ship USAT Montanan sunk in the Atlantic Ocean off Le Verdon-sur-Mer, Gironde, France (46°47′N 13°42′W) by SM U-90 with the loss of 5 of the 86 people on board. Survivors were rescued by USS Moma https://t.co/jGJ9HpYtKp https://t.co/KrbsAxWb6X http://twitter.com/ThisDayInWWI/status/1163141004658036736

Aug 18 1917 IWM (Q 2737) “Object descrip…

Aug 18 1917 IWM (Q 2737) “Object description
Battle of Langemarck. Shell bursts in the distance on Pilckem Ridge” August 18 1917 by Brooks, Ernest (Lieutenant) (Photographer) https://t.co/rUbxa3u02p https://t.co/rMDWuiwLhe http://twitter.com/ThisDayInWWI/status/1163133458148974597

Aug 18 1915 IWM (Q 115182) “Mrs Joseph R…

Aug 18 1915 IWM (Q 115182) “Mrs Joseph Roe and Mrs Violet McBride, who day after day are manufacturing bandages for the London Hospitals … It is estimated that many miles of bandages are thus prepared in the course of an average week’s work.” https://t.co/eX9wWX43L3 https://t.co/XuwwowywpB http://twitter.com/ThisDayInWWI/status/1163125904916140032

Aug 19 1915 HMS E13 submarine ran aground on S…

Aug 19 1915 HMS E13 submarine ran aground on Saltholm, Denmark and shelled by the Imperial German Navy, killing 14 of the E13’s crew https://t.co/r6Pjnhds5X https://t.co/uTkIVCpgSd http://twitter.com/ThisDayInWWI/status/1163112064048455680

British Raid Kronstadt

One of the boats that participated in the raid on Kronstadt, pictured in June.

August 18 1918, Kronstadt–While the Russian threat to Estonia had largely passed, thanks in large part to the intervention of the Royal Navy, the Baltic Fleet in Kronstadt remained a threat.  On August 18, British officer Augustus Agar led a raid on Kronstadt with seven motor boats.  Technically, these boats were under the command of the Foreign Office, not the Royal Navy; while dealing a significant blow to the Baltic Fleet was certainly hoped for, the justification to the Foreign Office was that the attack would serve as cover for the retrieval of one of the last British spies in Russia, Paul Dukes.

Six boats slipped past the Russian sentry boat at the entrance of Kronstadt harbor, while Royal Navy ships waited offshore in case the Russians sortied.  The British sank a submarine support ship and dealt heavy damage to the pre-dreadnought Andrei Pervozvanny (which was eventually scrapped as a result).  They claimed to hit the dreadnought Petropavlovsk as well, though Russian accounts dispute this; she remained in Soviet service until she was sunk by the Germans in September 1941.  Three of the British boats were sunk in the raid, and 24 were killed or captured.  Two men were awarded Victoria Crosses for their role in the raid, out of a total of five awarded during British intervention in Russia; one of the other three had been awarded to Agar himself for a similar raid (on a smaller scale) in June that had sunk the cruiser Oleg.

The planned rendezvous with Paul Dukes never came close to fruition; Dukes was conscripted into the Red Army and eventually escaped via Latvia in September.

Sources include: Prit Buttar, The Splintered Empires.