Diary September 30, 1917

Ships of an Allied convoy arrive

World War One Diary for Sunday, September 30, 1917: Sea War Allied and neutral shipping loss to U­-boats: 159 ships (68 British with 293 lives) lowest since January or 338,242t (German figure 353,602t including 111,241t in Mediterranean). Record of 11… learn more

Diary September 29, 1917

A7V tank

World War One Diary for Saturday, September 29, 1917: Western Front Germany: First tank unit formed, 113 men with 5 A7Vs (delivered December 8, more units created). Southern Fronts Isonzo: Italian 44th Division captures Na Kobil (2,552 ft) with 1,400… learn more

Diary September 28, 1917

Turk PoWs captured at the Battle of Ramadi

World War One Diary for Friday, September 28, 1917: Middle East Mesopotamia – Battle of Ramadi (until September 29): Brooking (995 casualties) annihilates 4,100 Turks with 10 guns (3,456 PoWs), takes 4 small craft on Euphrates. Africa East Africa: Linforce… learn more

Diary September 27, 1917

Stretcher-bearers in mud of Ypres

World War One Diary for Thursday, September 27, 1917: Western Front Flanders: British repulse 7 counter-attacks east of Ypres; 5th Australian Division completes recapture of Polygon Wood. Africa East Africa – Kilwa Force action at Nahungu Hill (until September 28):… learn more

Diary September 26, 1917

Australian Army Vickers machine-gun team

World War One Diary for Wednesday, September 26, 1917: Western Front Ypres – Battle of Polygon Wood (until October 3): British 0550 hours thrust (15,000 casualties) including 5 tanks and Anzac troops, gains almost all 1,200 yards planned, smashes 3… learn more

Diary September 25, 1917

Shelled village near Ypres

World War One Diary for Tuesday, September 25, 1917: Western Front France: At Boulogne Conference British agree in principle to extending BEF front. Ypres – Battle of the Menin Road Ridge ends: Germans penetrate between Tower Hamlets and Polygon Wood,… learn more

Diary September 24, 1917

Gotha bomber

World War One Diary for Monday, September 24, 1917: Air War Britain: 11 Navy Zeppelins dispatched: 5 wander east and north counties; only 3 civilian casualties but 5 defence fighters crash (night September 24-25); 3 of 16 Gotha bombers reach… learn more

Diary September 23, 1917

sortie with Fokker Dr.I triplanes.

World War One Diary for Sunday, September 23, 1917: Air War Western Front: Lieutenant Werner Voss (48 victories since November 27, 1916), leader of Jasta 10 killed in action, aged 20 in Fokker triplane by Lieutenant Rhys-David (killed in action… learn more

Diary September 22, 1917

Curtiss H12 America flying boat

World War One Diary for Saturday, September 22, 1917: Sea War North Sea – Only British air kill of a U-boat: Royal Navy Air Service H12 America flying boat (Flt sub-lt N Magor) bombs coastal submarine UB-32. Channel: Dover Patrol… learn more

Diary September 21, 1917

German PoWs

World War One Diary for Friday, September 21, 1917: Western Front Ypres: British take 3,243 PaWs on September 20 and 21, repulse attacks on ‘Tower Hamlets’ ridge. Eastern Front Baltic Provinces: Russian XXVIII Corps evacuates Dvina bridgehead at Jakobstadt, held… learn more

Diary September 20, 1917

soldiers attempt to identify dead at Ypres

World War One Diary for Thursday, September 20, 1917: Western Front Ypres – Battle of the Menin Road Ridge (until September 25): Third Allied attack of ‘Third Ypres’, directed by Plumer begun in mist. Main weight of attack with 11… learn more

Diary September 19, 1917

British infantrymen in East Africa

World War One Diary for Wednesday, September 19, 1917: Africa East Africa: Kilwa Force action at Mihambia (until September 20) costs 145 casualties and fails to cut off over 1,100 German troops retreat behind burning grass. British advance resumes on… learn more

Diary September 18, 1917

Italian soldiers in the trench

World War One Diary for Tuesday, September 18, 1917: Southern Fronts Italy: Cadorna cancels 12th Isonzo offensive and starts defensive preparations, tells Allies this on September 20 who halt guns for the Italians on September 25. Trentino­: Italian battalions take… learn more

Diary September 17, 1917

Women as workers in a coal mine

World War One Diary for Monday, September 17, 1917: Politics France: Churchill meets French Munitions Minister Loucheur in Paris, latter urges Allied Munitions Council. Home Fronts Britain: Bread subsidy with 9d loaf. BST ends 2am. Coalminers flat wage up 1s… learn more

Diary September 16, 1917

'Lawrence of Arabia'

World War One Diary for Sunday, September 16, 1917: Middle East Arabia: Lawrence leads 100 Arabs against Mudauwara Station on Hejaz Railway, blows up and captures Turk train (over 180 casualties including Austrian gunners) to south on September 19 and… learn more

Diary September 15, 1917

messenger dog

World War One Diary for Saturday, September 15, 1917: Western Front Flanders: British capture strongpoint north of Inverness Copse. Portuguese repulse attack at Neuve Chapelle. Aisne: Petain adopts plan for limited attack. Eastern Front Russia: Kerensky proclaims himself C-in-C with… learn more

Diary September 14, 1917

Bolshevik Colossus

World War One Diary for Friday, September 14, 1917: Home Fronts Russia: Kerensky proclaims Republic and Council of Five, but power really passing to Petrograd Soviet. USA: $2 billion naval spending in last year. Canada: War-Times Election Act enfranchises close… learn more

Diary September 13, 1917

war blinds demonstrate in Russia

World War One Diary for Thursday, September 13, 1917: Eastern Front Germany: Hoffmann diary ‘A German advance on Petersburg now would bring about the complete collapse of Russia’. Galicia­: Germans evacuate Gusiatyn on border. Russia: Rebel Kornilov surrenders to Alexeiev… learn more

Diary September 12, 1917

Killed Italian soldiers.

World War One Diary for Wednesday, September 12, 1917: Southern Fronts Italian Front: Italian losses since August 10 a record of 166,000 men (18,000 PoWs) so far. Austrians c.85,000 (29,000 PoWs). Albania: French advance ends after 414 Austro-Bulgar PoWs and… learn more

Diary September 11, 1917

French fighter ace Georges Guynemer

World War One Diary for Tuesday, September 11, 1917: Air War Ypres: Legendary French ace Guynemer (54 victories) missing over Poelcapelle aged 22, first revealed in London (September 27) on a day Germans claim 6 Allied single-seaters. Eastern Front Russia:… learn more