August 23, 1917

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Further Italian successes; new positions carried and total of prisoners brought to over 20,000. Canadians gain a footing in the Green Crassier, south of Lens.

August 22, 1917

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More progress on Bainsizza Plateau and new progress farther south; prisoners now over 16,000. British line advanced 500 yards on a front of about a mile near Ypres-Menin road; farther north they advance half a mile on a two-and-a-half mile front; Lens invested from south, west, and north. German activity on the Dvina, 10 miles south of Riga; Russian line withdrawn from three to eight miles in the north. Ten enemy aeroplanes over Margate, Dover, and Ramsgate; 24 casualties; three raiders brought down and five of protecting German squadron awaiting their return lost.

August 21, 1917

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Further French progress at Verdun; Hill of Oie, Regneville, Samogneux, and fortifications around Hill 344 taken; over 5,000 prisoners to date. Italian advance progressing, more than 13,000 prisoners. Canadians take German positions west and north-west of Lens on a front of 2,000 yards. German progress on Riga front between Tirul Marsh and River Aa. British naval light forces bring down a Zeppelin off coast of Jutland. One or two Zeppelins on Yorkshire coast driven off; no damage done. Labour Party confirm by narrow majority their previous decision to send representatives to Stockholm.

August 20, 1917

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Great French attack at Verdun on an 11-mile front; enemy defences carried to a depth of 1¼mile; Avocourt Wood, two summits of Mort Homme, Corbeaux Wood, Cumières Wood, Talou Hill, Champneuville, Hills 344 and 240, and Mormont Farm won; 4,000 prisoners. Italian advance continues; furious fighting on the Carso and in front of Mt. Hermada; Austrian line between Korite and Selo gives way; progress on the Bainsizza Plateau farther north; over 10,000 prisoners to date. Slight British advance north of Bixschoote. German offensive on Riga front; owing to indiscipline Russians forced to retire on Anting and Kemmern.

August 19, 1917

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Great Italian attack on a 30-mile front from the Isonzo to the sea, carrying whole of Austrian first line from Plava to the sea; north of Plava the Isonzo crossed near Anhovo and the Bainsizza Plateau attacked. General Kovess on the outskirts of Ocna, Trotus Valley; Rumanians still resisting Mackensen in the Focsani region.

August 17, 1917

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French gains east of Bixschoote near the River Broenbeek. Heavy fighting in the Trotus Pass; enemy attacks beaten off; lull in battle beyond Focsani.

August 16, 1917

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British attack south-east and east of Ypres, from Glencorse Wood to Langemarck; Langemarck taken and 1,800 prisoners; French cross the Steenbeek. Furious German counter-attacks at Lens beaten back. Enemy attacks near Ocna in region of Slanic, in the Susitza Valley and in the Focsani area repulsed by Rumanians. Destroyer action in the German Bight; German destroyer and two minesweepers badly damaged. Prime Minister’s statement on the war position; figures of increased construction of ships, decreased losses by submarine and decreased food consumption given.

August 15, 1917

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Sir Douglas Haig attacks in Lens sector, from north-western outskirts of Lens to Bois Hugo, north-east of Loos; Hill 70 and villages of Cité Ste. Elizabeth, Cité St. Emile, Cité St. Laurent taken; 896 prisoners. Mackensen’s progress on the Sereth; 3,500 prisoners claimed. Text of Pope’s Peace Note published.

August 14, 1917

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Further British progress on the right bank of the Steenbeek River. Admiralty announce British destroyer strikes a mine in the Channel and sinks. China declares war on Germany and Austria-Hungary. Peace proposals by the Pope announced sent to the belligerent Governments.