On This Day - 24 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

Severe fighting from Croisilles to north of Gavrelle (Arras).

South of Bapaume-Cambrai road British advance to St. Quentin Canal near Vendhuil and capture Bithem.

Southern Front

British night attack on western side of Lake Doiran (north-west of Salonika).

Asiatic and Egyptian Theatres

Retreat of Turks up Shatt-el-Adhaim towards Jebel Hamrin.

Political, etc.

Arrival of French Mission (Marshall Joffre and M. Viviani) in New York.

Ukraine demands autonomy.

Sen. Costa (Democrat) becomes Premier in Portugal.


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