On This Day - 26 February 1917
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)
North and south of the Ancre British make further progress, capturing the village of Le Barque (south-west of Bapaume).
Asiatic and Egyptian Theatres
Turkish rearguard covers the retreat 15 miles from Kut.
H.M.S. "Firefly" recaptured.
War Conference at Calais.
Wilson asks Congress to establish armed neutrality and arm merchant vessels.
British Government requisitions Dutch ships in British ports.