30/6/1916 Brusilov’s offensive rolls on

In Galicia Brusilov’s offensive rolls on. The Russians have inflicted a crushing defeat on the Austro-Hungarians. In some sectors they have advanced almost a 100 kilometres, an astonishing distance by the standards of this war.

Austro-Hungarian losses are devastating. Since the start of the offensive they have lost some 6,740 officers and 319,500 men. The collapse of Habsburg morale is demonstrated by some 186,850 of these losses being classed as missing, with the Russians having captured vast numbers of prisoners.

Reinforcements are being rushed to Galicia, both Austro-Hungarian troops from the Italian front but also German troops. But on the Western Front the British and French are preparing their Somme offensive, while the Italians are preparing now for another attack along the Isonzo. The Allied hope is that these combined assaults will swamp the enemy, forcing the Germans and Austro-Hungarians to spread their reserves too widely to be effective. This might just be the summer of Allied victory.

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Russian troops attack (Europe Between East And West)

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