On This Day - 9 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

Battle of Arras (on 12-mile front from Henin-sur-Cojeul, south-east of Arras, to Givenchy-en-Gohelle, north of Arras).

British (Canadians) take Vimy Ridge (northern end excepted), five villages and 6,000 prisoners.

North of St. Quentin and towards Cambrai British take six villages and enter Havrincourt Wood.

Asiatic and Egyptian Theatres

Russians occupy Kizil Robat.  British occupy Harbe (four miles north of Belad).

Naval and Overseas Operations

Spanish steamer "San Fulgencio", carrying British coal for Barcelona, torpedoed.

Political, etc.

Total Canadian oversea enlistments to date:- 407,302 of which Ontario 170,205, Montreal 36,282, Quebec 8,145.

Brazil severs diplomatic relations with Germany.


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