Diary September 5, 1917

Berlin 1917
Berlin 1917: the public parks lose their flowerbeds and take on the appearance of allotments. All food is desperately scarce.
World War One Diary for Wednesday, September 5, 1917:

Home Fronts

Russia: Grand Dukes Michael and Paul arrested.
USA: Federal agents raid IWW offices in 23 cities (168 arrests). 687,000 draftees begin assembling by rail.
Turkey­: Army Commissariat put in command of civilian food. Farmers ordered to till c.7 acres for each yoke of oxen and work 8 hours per day (September 27). Large landowners exempted from military service.

Western Front

Cambrai: First 2 US soldiers killed by shellfire, 11th Engineers repairing railway near Gouzeacourt.

Middle East

Palestina: Falkenhayn decides to deploy Kemal’s Seventh Army for Palestine Yilderim offensive. He inspects Front September 9-10.

Sea War

North Sea: U-88 sunk by Royal Navy Heligoland Bight mines off Terschelling, with her commander Schwieger, having sunk Lusitania among 49 ships worth 183,838t.

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