On This Day - 2 November 1917
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)
Hostile artillery active east of Ypres.
Big French success on Aisne; Germans retreat from Chemin des Dames on 12.5 mile front.
Italy reorganises her forces behind the Tagliamento; Germans reach east bank of river.
Asiatic and Egyptian Theatres
British capture positions north of Beersheba.Tigris, British rout Turks near Dur, 85 miles above Baghdad.
Naval and Overseas Operations
In Kattegat, British destroyers sink a German auxiliary cruiser and ten armed patrol craft.
Mr. Balfour's letter to Lord Rothschild, giving Government approval to Zionism, published.