On This Day - 19 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

40 more villages in British hands; over 170 taken by Allies in three days.

French advance beyond Ham (Somme) and take Chauny (Oise).

Heavy German attacks between Avocourt Wood and Hill 304 (Verdun) repulsed.

Southern Front

Continued fighting near Monastir.

Germans re-occupy railway station at Poroj, previously entered by British.

Renewed activity in Pass of Tonale, in areas of Pasubio, Asiago, Tolmino, east of Gorizia and on Carso.

Asiatic and Egyptian Theatres

Proclamation by Sir Stanley Maude to people of Baghdad, promising freedom for Arabs.

Capture of Feluja (Euphrates), Deltawa and Sindia.

Naval and Overseas Operations

French battleship "Danton" torpedoed in Mediterranean: 296 lost.

Political, etc.

British Government opens relations with M. Miliukov, but Government not officially recognised.

Committee of Workmen's and Soldiers' Delegates orders resumption of work in Petrograd.

Attempted murder of M. Kerenski.

President Wilson settles U.S. railway strike; eight hours day legalised.

Financial statement by Mr. Bonar Law in House of Commons.


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