On This Day - 23 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

French success at Artemps (south of St. Quentin).

Oise valley and La Fere flooded by enemy.

New detachments cross Ailette; progress north of Soissons.

Enemy thrown back to Grand Seraucourt.

Some fighting on British front between Arras and Bapume-Cambrai road.

Eastern Front

Russians lose trenches west of Moinesci, near River Trotus (Romanian front).

Germans massing troops on Riga-Dvinsk front seriously menacing Petrograd.

Southern Front

Bombs on Mudros from German airship.

Political, etc.

Telegram from Mr. Lloyd George to Russian Prime Minister.

Lord Devenport on food consumption.


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