On This Day - 10 February 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

South of Serre Hill (north of Ancre) British capture strong system of hostile trenches on front of 1,250 yards, 215 prisoners taken.

Successful Allied raids at Givenchy, Neuville, Grandcourt, La Bassee, Neuve Chappelle, Auberive (Champagne), and Luneville.

German airmen bomb Dunkirk, Amiens and Nancy.

Southern Front

At Valona two out of three Austrian hydroplanes captured by Italian airmen.

Asiatic and Egyptian Theatres

Near Kut Turks deliver four unsuccessful attacks on British right flank during the night.

At Kut British carry the liquorice factory, and establish a new line on a 6,000 yard front, pressing back the Turks from 800-1,200 yards.

Political, etc.

Peru cables protest to Berlin.

China sends energetic protest to Germany, and threatens to break off diplomatic relations.

Chile sends a reply to Germany refusing to recognise the blockade, and retaining a free hand in case of damage to Chilean ships.

Germany declares "period of grace" for neutral shipping expires.

Mr. Gerard leaves Berlin.


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