On This Day - 2 October 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

Germans attack in Beaumont (Reims), and between Samogneux and Hill 344 (Verdun) gain footing.  French counter-attacks all day fail to drive out Germans.

French and British airmen bomb towns in Metz region, Cambrai and Courtrai and St. Denis Westrem aerodrome.

Southern Front

Austrian attack on slopes of San Gabriele (Isonzo) fail.  Italians gain ground in counter-attack.

Naval and Overseas Operations

H.M.S. "Drake" torpedoed off the Irish Coast: 19 killed.

Reichstag informed of mutiny at Wilhelmshaven.

Political, etc.

British War Loan issued.

Russian Democratic Conference decides against Coalition Government.

Swedish Government resigns.

2nd Papal Note to Allies announced in Italy.


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