On This Day - 27 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 attack north-east of Bapaume and occupy villages north-east of Peronne.

French reach Forest of St. Gobain and, north of Soissons, the Aisne-Oise Canal.

Asiatic and Egyptian Theatres

After two days' fighting, British take 950 Turkish prisoners near Gaza, including several Generals and whole 53rd Divisional Staff.  Obliged to fall back, mainly through water difficulties.

Political, etc.

French Chamber votes for calling up of 1918 class in April.

Blockade debate in House of Commons.

Russian proclamation in favour of self-determination and peace.


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