On This Day - 13 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-east of Grandcourt British capture a strong point.

North-east of Arras British raid takes 40 prisoners.

Eastern Front

Near Jakobeny Russian counter-attacks repulsed.

Naval and Overseas Operations

The White Star liner "Afric", of 12,000 tons, reported sunk.

Lord Lytton, for the Admiralty, says counter measures against submarine menace have already achieved considerable success.

Political, etc.

President Wilson declines to entertain negotiations with Germany unless the Proclamation of ruthless submarine warfare is withdrawn.

At Petrograd, Lord Milner, at close of Allied Conference, says much good done in bringing about closer co-operation between Entente countries.


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