On This Day - 15 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 progress on 2.5 mile front between St. Pierre Vaast Wood and Saillisel (north of Somme).

German attack east of Achiet-le-Petit.

French progress between Avre and Oise.

Asiatic and Egyptian Theatres

Turkish concentration in Asia Minor contemplated.

British take Mushaidiya; Turks in full flight towards Samarra (Tigris).

Naval and Overseas Operations

British T.B. mined in Channel.

Political, etc.

Tsar Nicholas abdicates and resigns rights of his son; preparations for calling a Constituent Assembly based on universal suffrage.

Sixth German War Loan floated.

U.S. railway men threaten strike.

Vote of Credit in Commons.

French Chamber pass summertime bill.


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