On This Day - 6 February 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

Near Grandcourt (south of the Ancre) the British advance and occupy 1,000 yards of enemy trench without opposition.

Eastern Front

The Sereth river (south-east of Focsani) being frozen, enemy attacks lightly, but is driven back.

Asiatic and Egyptian Theatres

Near Kut, the Turks evacuate the south bank of the Tigris east of the Hai-Tigris junction; also forward positions west of the Hai.

Second phase of the Battle of Kut begins.

Naval and Overseas Operations

S.S. "California", Anchor Line, sunk by submarine without warning.  43 killed and missing.

Political, etc.

New Air Board formed with Lord Cowdray as chairman.

Mr. N. Chamberlain announces his scheme for National Service.


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