On This Day - 4 September 1917

Spotlights over Paris Theatre definitions: Western Front comprises the Franco-German-Belgian front and any military action in Great Britain, Switzerland, Scandinavia and Holland.  Eastern Front comprises the German-Russian, Austro-Russian and Austro-Romanian fronts.  Southern Front comprises the Austro-Italian and Balkan (including Bulgaro-Romanian) fronts, and Dardanelles.  Asiatic and Egyptian Theatres comprises Egypt, Tripoli, the Sudan, Asia Minor (including Transcaucasia), Arabia, Mesopotamia, Syria, Persia, Afghanistan, Turkestan, China, India, etc.  Naval and Overseas Operations comprises operations on the seas (except where carried out in combination with troops on land) and in Colonial and Overseas theatres, America, etc.  Political, etc. comprises political and internal events in all countries, including Notes, speeches, diplomatic, financial, economic and domestic matters.  Source: Chronology of the War (1914-18, London; copyright expired)

Western Front

Verdun: Red Cross stations in rear of, bombed during night.

Aeroplane raid on London and south-east counties, 19 killed, 71 injured.

Eastern Front

Russians fall back 30 miles along Riga-Petrograd road.

Southern Front

Heavy fighting north-east of Gorizia and on southern Carso; Italians take positions round Monte S. Gabriele and 1,600 prisoners.

Italians fall back from, but recover, positions between Brestovica valley and sea.

Naval and Overseas Operations

Scarborough shelled by submarine; 30 rounds, 3 killed, 6 injured.

Political, etc.

Trades Union Congress declares against Stockholm Conference by overwhelming majority.

Mr Morel sent to prison.

Correspondence between Kaiser and Tsar (anti-British proposals) published.


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