17th November 1914 (Tuesday)

BORN TODAY: in Londonderry in British Ireland (now sometimes referred to as Derry, a part of the UK but not a part of Great Britain) – Stephen McGonagle, plumber, trade unionist and northern ireland politician.



German  strategy: Following the conclusive failure of the Schlieffen plan at the Battle of Ypres, the German government begins to reassign forces from the Western front to the Eastern front. With France and the western allies undfeated, it is now forced to maintain two fronts. [Peter Chasseaud: “Mapping the First World War”].


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