On This Day - 25 January 1917

Spotlights over Paris 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)

Western Front

Suffolk coast (Southwold) shelled at night by enemy vessel; no casualties.

Germans attack at four points north-west of Verdun, and carry mile of French trenches at Hill 304.

Eastern Front

Fierce fighting near Lake Babit; Russian counter-attacks fail.

Asiatic and Egyptian Theatres

Enemy trenches captured on Hai salient south-west of Kut; Turkish counter-attacks recover a little ground.

Naval and Overseas Operations

H.M.S. "Laurentic", auxiliary cruiser, sunk by mine off Ireland.


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