2 August 1914

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Buildup to War

During the evening German issues an ultimatum to Belgium demanding free passage for her troops. Belgium refuses.

Eastern Front

General Otto von Below is given command of I Reserve Corps (Germany).

Western Front

General Karl von Bülow is given command of the Second Army, on the right wing of the German advance into Belgium. Only von Kluck's First Army is further right.

General Hans von Beseler is given command of III Reserve Corps, part of General von Kluck’s First Army, at the extreme right of the German advance into Belgium

War at Sea

The Sultan Osman I, originally built for Brazil then purchased by the Ottoman Empire, is seized by the Royal Navy on Churchill's orders and becomes the dreadnought HMS Agincourt.


How to cite this article: Rickard, J (28 December 2007), 2 August 1914, http://www.historyofwar.org/firstworldwar/daybyday/1914_08_02.html

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