On This Day - 4 September 1918
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)
Germans retreat on wider front; Canal du Nord forced by British and villages of Manancourt and Etricourt carried.
Ruyaulcourt also taken and outskirts of Havrincourt Wood reached.
British reach Moeuvres.Lys front Ploegsteert and Hill 63 carried.
Prisoners since 2nd number 15,000.
Germans retreat before French in Noyon pocket, between Canal du Nord and Oise.
French line now passes through Guiscard and Apilly.
Oboserskaia (73 miles south of Archangel) occupied by Allied forces, after severe fighting with forces led by Germans.
Execution at Moscow of Dora Kaplan, the assailant of Lenin.