On This Day - 27 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

Ligny (east of Le Barque) and Gommecourt occupied by the British.  Also the western and southern defences of Puisieux.

East of Armentieres British raiders seriously damage three lines of enemy trenches and take 17 prisoners.

Eastern Front

Near Jakobeny the Germans take several Russian positions on high ground and 1,300 prisoners.

Southern Front

At Salonika German airmen bombard Allied camps.  One enemy machine shot down.

Asiatic and Egyptian Theatres

Pursuit of Turks continued.  7,000 prisoners taken.

Political, etc.

The German Chancellor proclaims great success of submarine campaign, and justifies breaking of Germany's agreement with U.S.A., saying it was conditional on America insisting on Great Britain respecting international law concerning "Freedom of the Seas".

Re-opening of Duma.


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