17 August 1914

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Battle of Stalluponen

Battle on the first day of the Russian invasion of East Prussia. The Russian First Army (Rennenkampf) runs into a single German corps (Hermann von Francois), and is badly mauled. The Russians briefly retreat to the border.

Western Front

General Sir James Grierson, newly appointed commander of II Corps in the BEF dies of a heart attack, the day after he arrived in France. He was replaced by General Sir Horace Smith-Dorrien

Belgian troops evacuate Brussels

War at Sea

The Canopus class battleship HMS Glory arrives at Halifax to become the flagship of Rear-Admiral R. S. Phipps Hornby, commander of North American Squadron. In October she escorts the first Canadian troop convoy part of the way across the Atlantic.


How to cite this article: Rickard, J (28 December 2007), 17 August 1914, http://www.historyofwar.org/firstworldwar/daybyday/1914_08_17.html

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