On This Day - 28 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 repulse enemy in Maisons de Champagne, but lose a few trenches.  They recapture Hill 304 (Verdun).

British established along Bapume-Cambrai road beyond Beaumetz.

Ground gained round Croiselles-Arras.

German long-range gun shells Soissons.

Eastern Front

Germans report that spring thaw prevents fighting on large scale.

Russian attacks on Magyaros Ridge (Moldavia) fail.

Southern Front

Unsuccessful Austrian attacks in the Carso.

Asiatic and Egyptian Theatres

Turks claim battle at Gaza as a victory.

Naval and Overseas Operations

Two British destroyers reported to have been sunk recently.

Political, etc.

All members of Romanov family have taken oath of fidelity to Provisional Government.

Export of wheat from Argentina prohibited.

Electoral reform debate in House of Commons; Mr. Asquith announces his conversion to women's suffrage.


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