On This Day - 30 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 progressing towards Cambrai, take eight villages.

Infantry in touch with whole German front from Arras to six miles south-west of St. Quentin.

French recapture lost trenches in eastern Champagne.

Naval and Overseas Operations

Hospital ship "Gloucester" torpedoed in Channel; no lives lost.

Political, etc.

Russian Provisional Government acknowledges independence of Poland.

Electoral Reform debate in Prussian Parliament.


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