On This Day - 17 December 1916
Theatre definitions: Western Front comprises the Franco-German-Belgian front and any military action in Great Britain, Switzerland, Scandinavia and Holland. Eastern Front comprises the German-Russian, Austro-Russian and Austro-Romanian fronts. Southern Front comprises the Austro-Italian and Balkan (including Bulgaro-Romanian) fronts, and Dardanelles. Asiatic and Egyptian Theatres comprises Egypt, Tripoli, the Sudan, Asia Minor (including Transcaucasia), Arabia, Mesopotamia, Syria, Persia, Afghanistan, Turkestan, China, India, etc. Naval and Overseas Operations comprises operations on the seas (except where carried out in combination with troops on land) and in Colonial and Overseas theatres, America, etc. Political, etc. comprises political and internal events in all countries, including Notes, speeches, diplomatic, financial, economic and domestic matters. Source: Chronology of the War (1914-18, London; copyright expired)
German counter-attack near Verdun; they recover Les Chambrettes.
Fighting continues in the Tarnopol region.
Romanians and Russians continue to fall back.
Asiatic and Egyptian Theatres
Strong enemy cavalry attacks checked south of Falahiya (Kut).
Naval and Overseas Operations
Fighting at Kibata continues.
Warrant issued by Greek Government for arrest of M. Venizelos.
U.S.A., owing to Turkey's conduct to Syria and Armenians, terminates extra-territoriality agreements.