On This Day - 9 March 1917
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)
French repulse attacks in Champagne and north of Bois des Caurieres.
Asiatic and Egyptian Theatres
Passage of Diala forced: British advance on Baghdad.
Russians attack retreating Turks near Sivas (Asia Minor).
Russian scouts advance south-west from Sakis; Sinnah (Persian Kurdistan) captured.
General retreat of Turks in Persia.
Russian troops invite Persian Government to resume possession of towns occupied by Russians in Persia.
British loan of �40,000,000 to Romania.
World shortage of wheat foreshadowed by French Chamber.
Lord Devenport sanctions maximum food prices.
Food problem at Petrograd becomes urgent.
Dutch authorities officially notified by Germany that safety is guaranteed for shipping along a strip of North Sea from Holland to Norway.