On This Day - 2 April 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 advance west and north of St. Quentin; to west, capturing three villages; to north between Arras and Bapaume-Cambrai road, taking Croisselles and five other villages; and to north-west, at Templeux.

Asiatic and Egyptian Theatres

British and Russians in touch at Kizil-Robat.

Naval and Overseas Operations

"Aztec", armed liner (U.S.A.), sunk by German submarine off France.

Political, etc.

President Wilson asks Congress to declare "a state of war" with Germany.

Speeches of Sir R, Boden and Lt.-Gen. Smuts re: Empire and War.

British Government give Barrow strikers 24 hours to resume work.


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