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Diary September 3, 1918

British soldiers in action
To well-laden British soldiers in action.
World War One Diary for Tuesday, September 3, 1918:

Western Front

France: FOCH GENERAL ORDER SPECIFIES UNREMITTING ATTACKS ALL ALONG THE LINE.
Germany: Ludendorff secret order deplores defeatist talk by men on leave.
Artois: British re­enter Lens; rapid German retreat. Canadian Corps suffers 5,622 casualties (September 1-3) and takes 6,000 unwounded PoWs (September 1-4).
Somme: French cross river to east at Epenancourt south of Peronne.

Sea War

North Sea: 6 Royal Navy monitors fire 550 shells (including 52 x 18-inch shells from General Wolfe at 36,000 yards) at Snaeskerke rail junction and bridge 4 miles south of Ostend despite German aircraft bombing (repeated September 29, October 2 and 3).
Neutrals, Chile: 7 of 32 interned German steamers partially sabotaged by crews, but Chilean troops board.

Air War

Western Front: Allies claim 55 German aircraft (Germans admit loss of 8 for 30 Allied).
Salonika: 6 RAF SE5a and Sopwith Camel fighters destroy 4 of 6 German aircraft encountered after lone Bristol photo recon monoplane shot down into Lake Doiran.

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