- At noon today German artillery opens fire, commencing the preliminary bombardment for the forthcoming German offensive near Gorlice and Tarnow. After dusk German infantry crawl forward to their start positions under cover of darkness, ready to begin the advance tomorrow morning.
|The Eastern Front, May 1st, 1915.|
- The Italian Cabinet meets today, where Foreign Minister Sidney Sonnino asks for advice whether Italy should formally and publicly denounce the Triple Alliance with Germany and Austria-Hungary. He argues that such a declaration should occur before an agreement with the Entente, so he could enter into negotiations with a clear conscience. This, of course, is an outright lie - Sonnino knows full well that the Treaty of London, committing Italy to enter the war on the side of the Entente within a month, was signed on April 26th. with the connivance of Prime Minister Antonio Salandra, this minor detail has been hidden from the Cabinet to avoid any unnecessary interference to their desire to steer Italy into the war. After discussion the Cabinet agrees to Sonnino's request, believing that only after the Triple Alliance has been denounced will Sonnino sign agreements with the Entente.
- At Cape Helles on Gallipoli, as the British and French reorganize for another push on Krithia, the Ottomans launch a counterattack this evening. Hoping to catch the enemy by surprise, there is no preliminary artillery bombardment and the attacking infantry were ordered not to load their rifles. They give their position away, however, when the Ottoman soldiers yell 'Allah-o-Akbar' as they begin their charge. Sufficiently warned, the British and French are able to fire on the Ottomans, cutting down many before they can reach the Entente lines. In several places the Ottomans manage to make incremental gains, only to have them lost to British and French counterattacks.
|The view from British lines towards Krithia, May 1st, 1915.|