On This Day - 16 April 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

Second Battle of the Aisne (between Soissons and Reims).  French take first German positions between Soissons and Craonne, and second positions to south of Juvincourt, and advance line to Aisne Canal between Loivre and Courcy.

Asiatic and Egyptian Theatres

British advance towards Istabulat (12 miles south-east of Samarra).

Political, etc.

Strike in Berlin and Leipzig due to defective food distribution.

British food orders re: wheat, barley, and oats.


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