On This Day - 5 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 three villages between Cambrai and St. Quentin.

Germans bombard French north of Urvillers.

Great air battle begins, lasting two days.

Aeroplane raid on Kent and Ramsgate, no casualties.

Eastern Front

Manifesto of M. Guchkov (Russian War Minister) to soldiers to do their duty.

Political, etc.

British Food Hoarding Order.

Dutch Note to British Government re: armed merchantmen.

General Lyautey appointed to Morocco.


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