On This Day - 19 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

French capture Fort of Conde (east of Soissons, on Aisne) and three villages, and capture Le Teton (in Moronvillers massif) and village of Auberive.

Asiatic and Egyptian Theatres

Second Battle of Gaza.  Heavy fighting and much ground gained, but, owing to severe losses, attack not pushed through.

Naval and Overseas Operations

Admital Kolchak (Commander of Black Sea fleet) appointed Commander in Chief of Baltic Fleet.

Political, etc.

Speech of Mr. Fisher (Minister of Education), re: educational reform.

Senor G. Prieto (Marquis of Alhucemas) succeeds Count Romanones as Spanish Premier.

U.S.A. announces food policy: provision for Allies before neutrals; and seizes German liner docks in New York.

Pastry restrictions in France.

"Kadaver-Verwertungs-Anstalt" question.


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