BORN TODAY: On the Island of Vis in the Austro-Hungarian empire (now in Croatia) – Tomislav Bradanovic Lincir, migrant, actor and lover of fruit trees.
The Western Front: The “Times” of London reports rumours that German forces are planning to use chemical weapons against the Allies:
“It has been reported that in the Argonne, where the trenches are very close, the Germans have on several occasions pumped blazing oil or pitch onto the French, but, according to the statements of our prisoners, they are preparing a more novel reception for us in front of parts of our line. They propose to asphyxiate our men if they advance by means of poisonous gas. The gas is contained under pressure in steel cylinders, and, being of a heavy nature, will spread along the ground without being dissipated quickly.”
The Middle East: Sir John Nixon arrives in Basra, in Turkish Mesopotamia (now Iraq) to take command of the original Expeditionary Force, with orders to carry on with a further advance of 60 miles up the Tigris from al-Qurnah to Erza’s tomb and al-Amara.