On This Day - 4 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 capture Metz-en-Couture (towards Cambrai).

French (south of St. Quentin) capture three villages and advance to south-west suburb of St. Quentin.

Naval and Overseas Operations

Belgian relief ship, "Trevier", torpedoed off Scheveningen.

Political, etc.

Speeches of General Robertson and Admiral Jellicoe to Trade Unions re: sacrifice required from nation.

British Food Order for hotels, etc.

British Flour Order.


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