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2 January

From The Great War 1914-1918

Great War events that took place on 2 January.

1915 (Saturday)

Eastern Front  ▶  Russian success on the Bzura and Ravka rivers.  ▶  Hard fighting near Gorlice.  ▶  Russian progress near the Uzsok and Rostoka Passes.
Asiatic and Egyptian Theatres  ▶  Battle of Sarikamish continues.  ▶  Urmia (North Persia) evacuated by Russian forces.[a]
Naval and Overseas Operations HMS Fox and HMS Goliath bombard Dar-es-Salaam.

1916 (Sunday)

Western Front Bombardment of Hartmannsweilerkopf (Alsace).
Eastern Front Heavy fighting north-east of Czernowitz.
Asiatic and Egyptian Theatres Turks shell Kut-el-Amara.
Naval and Overseas Operations P. & O. Geelong and Glengyle sunk in Mediterranean.

1917 (Tuesday)

Eastern Front  ▶  Enemy attack repulsed near Zloczow (North-east Galicia).  ▶  Continued heavy fighting in Moldovian mountains.  ▶  Enemy advance between frontier and Focsani; Russian successful counter-attacks south-east of that town.  ▶  Enemy advance Macin mountains.
Political Ionel Brătianu, Premier of Rumania, reconstitues Cabinet.

1918 (Wednesday)

Western Front British repulse raid near La Bassée.
Eastern Front  ▶  Central Committee of Soviets meet to receive reports of Peace pourparlers.  ▶  German conditions denounced.
Southern Front Austrians bomb Castelfranco, Veneto (West of Treviso) and hit hospitals.
Political  ▶  Air Council established by Order in Council[b]  ▶  U.S.A.: Statement showing result of American War Mission in Europe issued.[c]  ▶  Newfoundland: Sir Edward Morris, Prime Minister resigns.


  1. This city was occupied by Russian forces before the outbreak of the War.
  2. Air Council established by Order of Council. Lord Rothermere is President and Secretary of State, and Major General Trenchard, Chief of Air Staff.
  3. Principle recommendations made by American delegates to Paris Conference are: 1) Constant and speedy despatch of American troops to Europe. 2) Speeding up of merchant ship building. 3) Close co-operation with other belligerents.
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