On This Day - 12 February 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

South of Serre several more unsuccessful German attacks.

East of Souchez British raid takes 48 prisoners.

Other successful raids at Neuville, Loos and Ypres.

Eastern Front

Near Jakobeny (southern Bukovina) the Germans attack and take the new Russian positions and over 1,200 prisoners.

Southern Front

East of Monastir, Hill 1050 attacked by the Germans, who gain a footing at several points in the Italian front lines.

Political, etc.

Mr. Gerard and staff arrive in Switzerland.

The Netherlands Government representative assumes charge of British interests in Germany.


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