On This Day - 25 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

German retreat continues on the Ancre.

British advance extends over a front of 11 miles from south of Gomemcourt to east of Gueudecourt, and reaches an extreme depth of three miles.

Successful raids at Monchy-au-Bois, Lens and in Champagne.

Naval air-raid on Brebach (near Metz).

Asiatic and Egyptian Theatres

Turkish retreat continues, closely pursued by British cavalry.

Turks destroy much war material.

Naval and Overseas Operations

Margate and Broadstairs bombarded for ten minutes by German destroyers.  Slight damage.  Three killed, one wounded.

"Laconia", S.S. (Cunarder) sunk.  Four Americans drowned.  The "overt act" for which President Wilson was waiting.

Political, etc.

New British War Loan subscriptions amount to (new money) �1,000,312,950.


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