On This Day - 1 January 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

Normal activity proceeding.

Sir Douglas Haig promoted to Field Marshal.

Eastern Front

Stubborn fighting in Carpathians on Moldavian frontier; slight enemy progress at various points.  Enemy in touch with Sereth lines at Focsani and Fundeni.

Further enemy progress at the Macin bridgehead (Dobruja).

Asiatic and Egyptian Theatres

General Sir R. Wingate becomes High Commissioner of Egypt.

Naval and Overseas Operations

Transport "Ivernia" sunk by submarine in Mediterranean; 153 missing.

British carry German lines near Lissaki in the Mgeta valley (German East Africa), and pursue enemy towards the Rufiji valley at Kibambawe.

Political, etc.

Publication of denunciation by Turkey of Treaty of Paris (1856) and Treaty of Berlin (1878).


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