Tuesday, November 17, 2015

November 17th, 1915

- Today elements of the German 103rd Division capture the town of Kuršumlija on the Toplica River.  However, it is clear that the Serbs have successfully evacuated their forces from the north bank, withdrawing south.  Further, overnight the first major snowstorm has struck, swelling the Ibar and Toplica Rivers while making aerial reconnaissance almost impossible.

- Since November 9th, General Sarrail of the Army of the Near East has sent repeated requests to the government to expand his force to four corps to allow him to not only hold his lines on the Vardar and Tcherna Rivers but also go onto the offensive.  He repeats his arguments to Lord Kitchener in person today when the latter visits Salonika.

- Though heavy snow continues on the Italian Front, Cadorna orders a resumption of offensive operations tomorrow along the Isonzo River, leaving it to his army commanders to decide on particular objectives.

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