On This Day - 26 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 take Lagnicourt (six miles north-east of Bapaume); French repulse several attacks south of St. Quentin, throw back enemy beyond Barisis-Sevais line, and take village of Coucy-le-Chateau.

Eastern Front

Russians attacked south-west of Baranovichi (centre), retire on east bank of Shchara, losing 300 prisoners.

Southern Front

French take trenches west of Monastir and 2,000 prisoners.

Austrians occupy Italian advanced trenches south of the Vipacco (Carso).

Asiatic and Egyptian Theatres

First Battle of Gaza.  General Murray attacks; thick fog; Gaza surrounded, but not penetrated.

Political, etc.

Enlistment for U.S. Navy to be increased to maximum of 87,000.

Statement re: prisoners of war in House of Commons.

Mr. Bonar Law appeals to engineers on strike at Barrow to resume work.

Bread rises to 1s. per 4-lb. loaf, and new standard of flour applied to bakers.


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