On This Day - 5 January 1917
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)
British capture two enemy posts near Beaumont Hamel.
Ground gained in Russian offensive between Lake Babit and the Tirul marsh (west of Riga).
Enemy advance at various points on Romanian front, especially between the rivers Rimnic and Buzeu.
The Dobruja entirely cleared of Russians and Romanians.
Asiatic and Egyptian Theatres
Battle of Kut-el-Amara begins.
Naval and Overseas Operations
British occupy Kibambawe in Rufiji valley (German East Africa).
Conference at Rome between representatives of the British, French, and Italian Governments.