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



11th October 1917

On this day:


  • 11th Oct 1917 Heavy Shelling

  • Daily Activity   9th Btn. (North Irish Horse) the Royal Irish Fusiliers.

    Havrincourt Wood K.31.c.0.0.

    Quiet day. Major Ferguson left Headquarters to go to Rouen to check Battalion Records at 3rd Echelon. B Company relieved D Company at R.3 and A Company relieved C Company on Yorkshire Bank.

  • Operation Albion 1917   Operation Albion was the German land and naval operation in September–October 1917 to invade and occupy the West Estonian Archipelago. This was part of the Autonomous Governorate of Estonia, Russian Republic. The land campaign opened with landings at the Tagalaht, Saaremaa on 11 October 1917, after extensive naval activity to clear mines and subdue coastal artillery batteries. The Germans secured the island by 16 October. The Russian Army evacuated Muhu on 18 October. After two failed attempts, the Germans managed to land on Hiiumaa on the 19th and captured the island on the following day. The Russian Baltic Fleet had to withdraw from the Suur Strait after major losses (see Battle of Moon Sound). The Germans claimed 20,000 prisoners and 100 guns captured during the Operation Albion from 12 October.

    Strategic significance

    At the beginning of World War I the islands were of little importance to either Imperial Russia or Germany. However after the revolutionary turmoil in Russia during 1917, the German high command believed capturing the islands would outflank Russian defences and lay St. Petersburg vulnerable to attack.

    Order of battle

    • German units
    • 42nd Division
    • 2nd Infanterie Cyclist Brigade
    • Special Task force: "Vizeadmiral' Ehrhard Schmidt Flagship: Moltke
    • Squadron III: Vizeadmiral Paul Behncke in command of dreadnought battleships König, Bayern, Grosser Kurfürst, Markgraf, and Kronprinz
    • Squadron IV. Vizeadmiral Wilhelm Souchon in command of dreadnought battleships Kaiser, Friedrich der Grosse, Kaiserin, Prinzregent Luitpold, and König Albert
    • II Aufklarungsgruppe: Konteradmiral Ludwig von Reuter in command of cruisers Königsberg, Karlsruhe, Danzig, Frankfurt, and Nürnberg
    • VI Aufklarungsgruppe: Konteradmiral Albert Hopman in command of cruisers Kolberg, Strassburg, Augsburg, Nautilus, and Blitz
    • Torpedoboats Flagship: Emden
    • II Flottille (10 boats)
    • VIII Flottille (11 boats)
    • VI Flottille (11 boats)
    • X Flottille (11 boats)
    • 7th Half-Flottille (7 boats)
    • U-Flottille Kurland (6 boats)
    • Sperrbrechergruppe.
    • II Minesweeper Flottille
    • 3rd Half-Flottille
    • 4th Half-Flottille
    • 8th Half-Flottille
    • 3rd S-Half-Flottille
    • S-Flottille of the Baltic
    • Netbarrier Unit of the Baltic
    • Russian units
    • Battleships: Tsesarevich, Slava
    • Armored cruiser: Admiral Makarov
    • Destroyers: Desna, Novik, Pobeditel, Zabijaka, Grom, Konstantin
    • Gunboats: Chivinetz, Grozyashchi
    • Blockship: Lavwija
    • Minelayer: Pripyat
    • British units
    • Submarines: HMS C26, HMS C27, HMS C32

    • 11th Oct 1917 Two Guns in Action

    •    ECURIE CAMP

      11th - 12th October. Working parties as before: weather extremely wet.

    • 11th Oct 1917 Lovely Day

    •    ARLEUX EN GOHELLE

      Provided working parties on BRITANNIA trench & SAPPER dump. Strength 5 Officers 205 OR’s. At 9.0am took over extra portion of RED LINE up to TOMMY CT. 2 minutes nuisance bombardment on ULSTER trench.






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  • Pte. Frederick William Powney. Highland Light Infantry 9th (Glasgow Hds.) Bn. Read their Story.
  • CSM Ernest Smith. King's Royal Riffle Corps 7th Btn. Read their Story.

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