On This Day - 2 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

Enemy attack unsuccessfully British advance posts near Havrincourt.

At Hurtebise (Aisne), four German attempts to recover lost positions crushed.

Aeroplane raid on Dover, one killed, six injured.

Eastern Front

Some Russian troops fall back to west of Riga; fighting on Mitau road.

Germans cross Dvina river 18 miles above town.

Naval and Overseas Operations

Naval airmen bomb Bruges Docks.

East Africa: British and Belgian operations drive German detachments from River Ruaha to Mahenge.

Political, etc.

At Trades Union Congress at Blackpool, Stockholm programme partly settled, but strongly opposed.


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