On This Day - 3 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

Six German aeroplanes bomb Sheerness, etc.; 132 killed, 96 injured, mostly naval ratings.

British front slightly advanced near St. Julien (Ypres).

Champagne: French raid gas tanks on Souain-Somme Py road.

Eastern Front

Riga finally evacuated by Russians, forts and bridges blown up, etc.

Germans claim many thousands of prisoners about 150 guns.

Southern Front

Pola bombed.

Naval and Overseas Operations

Bruges again bombed.

German warships break into Gulf of Riga and shell Livonian villages.


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