On This Day - 13 March 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

British occupy Loupart Wood and Grevillers, 1.5 miles from Bapaume.

Enemy abandons ground east and north-east of Gommecourt.

Lively fighting north-east of Soissons.

Germans fail to retake Hill 185.

Fighting in St. Mihiel region (south-east of Verdun).

Eastern Front

Bulgarians bombard Galatz from the Danube.

Southern Front

Field hospitals at Vertekop (Serbia) bombed: two British nurses and others killed.

British line south-west of Doiran advanced 1,000 yards.

Asiatic and Egyptian Theatres

Russians take Kermanshah (Persia) after two days' fighting.

Another column approaches Bana (140 miles north-west of Kermanshah).

British 30 miles north of Baghdad.

Naval and Overseas Operations

Norwegian relief ship "Lars Fostenes", carrying grain, torpedoed outside blockade zone.

Political, etc.

General Smuts sworn of the Privy Council.

Statement on mastery of air in House of Commons.

Government intends to stand by new Indian cotton duties.

Impending cabinet crisis in Austria.

Revolutionary movement at Petrograd continues.

China breaks off relations with Germany.


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