On This Day - 14 May 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

British line advanced north of Gavrelle.

Strong hostile reconnaisances north-east of Vauxaillon (Soissons), west of Craonne, Berry au Bac and in Champagne fail.

Southern Front

Strong Italian attack north and south of Gorizia and in northern sector of Carno, east of Faiti Hrib.

Naval and Overseas Operations

British Naval forces destroy Zeppelin L.22 in the North Sea.

Sir John Jellicoe to be Chief of Naval Staff, Sir E. Geddes Controller.

Political, etc.

King George tours industrial centres in the North.

British labour unrest; engineers on strike, ditto omnibuses in London, weavers in north threaten strike.


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