On This Day - 8 February 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)
Sailly-Saillisel ridge (Hill 153, Somme) taken by the British with 78 prisoners.
From Grandcourt British advance on both banks of the Ancre.
Naval and Overseas Operations
A British destroyer (old type) sunk by a mine in the Channel; five survivors.
Neutral sources report that Mr. Gerard is being held hostage in Berlin and not allowed to communicate with U.S.A.
Spain replies to Germany.