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1 Sep 1937
  • With the capture of Bilbao and Santander the only remaining Spanish Republican stronghold in the north of Spain was Gijón and its surrounding area. The Spanish Nationalists, led by Generals Antonio Aranda and José Solchaga, launched an offensive through the mountains of Leon and along the coast from the east to capture Gijón. General Aranda's forces, however, were unable to break through the mountain passes, which were strongly held by Asturian troops, until a Navarrese force, under General Solchaga's command, captured the village of Infiesto a month later, thus outflanked the mountain defences and forced the Asturians into a retreat. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC]
China
  • Light carrier Hosho departed Shanghai, China. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
  • In China, under the command of Itagaki Seishiro, Japanese 5th Division and 11th Mixed Brigade marched from Beiping toward Chahar and Shanxi Provinces. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Xinjiang provincial forces under Ma Shengkuei captured Kashgar, Xinjiang, China without opposition. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
France
  • Capitaine de vaisseau Auphan was named the commanding officer of Jeanne d'Arc. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • No. 5 Group, RAF Bomber Command was established under the command of Air Vice-Marshal Arthur Travis with its headquarters at RAF Mildenhall in Suffolk, England, United Kingdom. ww2dbase [AC]

1 Sep 1937 Interactive Map

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Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
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