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The Wartime Memories Project - The Great War - Day by Day



2nd September 1917

On this day:


  • 2nd Sep 1917 Town bombed

  • Working Parties   9th Battalion, Royal Irish Fusiliers report Working parties as yesterday for tunnelling, camouflaging, etc. in front line.

  •    SM U-28 was a Type U 27 built at Kaiserliche Werft, Danzig (Werk 18). Ordered 19 Feb 1912, Launched 30 Aug 1913 and Commissioned 26 Jun 1914.
    Commanders:
    1 Aug 1914 - 14 Jun 1916 Freiherr Georg-Günther von Forstner.
    15 Jun 1916 - 4 Aug 1916 Otto Rohrbeck.
    5 Aug 1916 - 14 Jan 1917 Freiherr Degenhart von Loë.
    15 Jan 1917 - 2 Sep 1917 Georg Schmidt

    Career 5 patrols:
    Start date unknown - 10 May 1917 training Flotilla.
    1 Aug 1914 - end date unknown IV Flotilla.
    10 May 1917 - 2 Sep 1917 IV Flotilla

    Successes 40 ships sunk with a total of 90,126 tons, 2 ships damaged with a total of 11,188 tons, 2 ships taken as prize with a total of 3,226 tons.

    • 17 Mar 1915 U 28 Georg-Günther von Forstner Leeuwarden 990 br
    • 18 Mar 1915 U 28 Georg-Günther von Forstner Zaanstrom (prize) 1,657 nl
    • 18 Mar 1915 U 28 Georg-Günther von Forstner Batavier V (prize) 1,569 nl
    • 25 Mar 1915 U 28 Georg-Günther von Forstner Medea 1,235 nl
    • 27 Mar 1915 U 28 Georg-Günther von Forstner Aguila 2,114 br
    • 27 Mar 1915 U 28 Georg-Günther von Forstner South Point 3,837 br
    • 27 Mar 1915 U 28 Georg-Günther von Forstner Vosges 1,295 br
    • 28 Mar 1915 U 28 Georg-Günther von Forstner Falaba 4,806 br
    • 29 Mar 1915 U 28 Georg-Günther von Forstner Flaminian 3,500 br
    • 29 Mar 1915 U 28 Georg-Günther von Forstner Theseus (damaged) 6,723 br
    • 30 Mar 1915 U 28 Georg-Günther von Forstner Crown Of Castile 4,505 br
    • 30 Jul 1915 U 28 Georg-Günther von Forstner Iberian 5,223 br
    • 31 Jul 1915 U 28 Georg-Günther von Forstner Nugget 405 br
    • 31 Jul 1915 U 28 Georg-Günther von Forstner Turquoise 486 br
    • 1 Aug 1915 U 28 Georg-Günther von Forstner Benvorlich 3,381 br
    • 1 Aug 1915 U 28 Georg-Günther von Forstner Clintonia 3,830 br
    • 1 Aug 1915 U 28 Georg-Günther von Forstner Koophandel 1,736 be
    • 1 Aug 1915 U 28 Georg-Günther von Forstner Ranza 2,320 br
    • 2 Aug 1915 U 28 Georg-Günther von Forstner Portia 494 br
    • 3 Aug 1915 U 28 Georg-Günther von Forstner Costello 1,591 br
    • 4 Aug 1915 U 28 Georg-Günther von Forstner Midland Queen 1,993 ca
    • 26 Mar 1916 U 28 Georg-Günther von Forstner Norne 1,224 nw
    • 28 Mar 1916 U 28 Georg-Günther von Forstner Rio Tiete 3,042 br
    • 30 Mar 1916 U 28 Georg-Günther von Forstner Trewyn 3,084 br
    • 30 Mar 1916 U 28 Georg-Günther von Forstner Saint Hubert 232 fr
    • 31 Mar 1916 U 28 Georg-Günther von Forstner Vigo 1,137 sp
    • 1 Apr 1916 U 28 Georg-Günther von Forstner Bengairn 2,127 br
    • 29 May 1917 U 28 Georg Schmidt Fridtjof Nansen 2,190 nw
    • 29 May 1917 U 28 Georg Schmidt Karna 210 nw
    • 29 May 1917 U 28 Georg Schmidt Kodan 217 nw
    • 3 Jun 1917 U 28 Georg Schmidt Merioneth 3,004 br
    • 4 Jun 1917 U 28 Georg Schmidt Algol 2,088 ru
    • 5 Jun 1917 U 28 Georg Schmidt Alaska 90 nw
    • 5 Jun 1917 U 28 Georg Schmidt Duen 30 nw
    • 5 Jun 1917 U 28 Georg Schmidt Sydkap 40 nw
    • 8 Jun 1917 U 28 Georg Schmidt Manchester Engineer(damaged)4,465 br
    • 8 Jun 1917 U 28 Georg Schmidt Sverre Ii 44 nw
    • 10 Jun 1917 U 28 Georg Schmidt Marie Elsie 2,615 br
    • 10 Jun 1917 U 28 Georg Schmidt Perla 5,355 br
    • 28 Aug 1917 U 28 Georg Schmidt Hidalgo 4,271 br
    • 28 Aug 1917 U 28 Georg Schmidt Whitecourt 3,680 br
    • 28 Aug 1917 U 28 Georg Schmidt Marselieza 3,568 ru
    • 1 Sep 1917 U 28 Georg Schmidt Dront 3,488 ru
    • 2 Sep 1917 U 28 Georg Schmidt Olive Branch 4,649 br

    On 2nd of Sep 1917 U28 was sunk by explosion of Olive Branch’s cargo following gunfire from the U-Boat at 7234N 2756E, off the North Cape. 39 dead (all hands lost).

    There was another U 28 in World War Two, launched from its shipyard on 14 Jul 1936 and commissioned into the Kriegsmarine on 12 Sep 1936.

  • 2nd Sep 1917 Church Parade

  • 2nd Sep 1917 Night Bombers

  •    IN THE LINE L4 MERICOURT SECTOR

    2nd - 3rd September. Usual shelling of back areas but nothing of interest to report.

  • 2nd Sep 1917 Training

  • 2nd Sep 1917 Training





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Remembering those who died this day.

  • Spr. Walter Deas. Royal Engineers 179th Tunneling Company Read their Story.
  • L/Cpl Thomas William Gawthorpe. Suffolk Regiment 11th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Sgt John Huitson. Northumberland Fusiliers 19th Btn Read their Story.
  • Capt. Howard Caldwell Wright. MC. London Regiment 17th (Stepney & Poplar) Battalion Read their Story.

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