On This Day - 4 March 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

French coup-de-main between Oise and Aisne, south of Mouvron.

Germans gain footing in Caurieres Wood (Verdun).

Enemy front and support lines captured east of Bouchvesnes (north of Somme).

East of Gommecourt British continue advance.

Eastern Front

Russian gas attack near Krevo (south-east of Vilna).

the Sereth Romanians bombard region of Calieni.

Southern Front

Enemy attack in force east of Gorizia driven back with heavy loss.

Austrians massing in Trentino.

Italians occupy heights in Costabella group (Avisio).

Naval and Overseas Operations

Naval aeroplanes bomb Brebach (Saarbrucken).

Political, etc.

Chinese cabinet crisis due to disagreement as to policy with regard to Germany.

"Flemish" deputation received by German Chancellor.


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