On This Day - 15 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

Attempted German raids near Loos, west of Messines, and north-east of Ypres, break down under our fire.

West of Maisons de Champagne, German attack penetrates French salient, gaining several lines of trenches and taking prisoner 21 officers and 837 men.

Interview with Sir Douglas Haig published.

Asiatic and Egyptian Theatres

Decisive day of Battle of Kut.

Turks driven from right bank of Tigris.

Naval and Overseas Operations

Italian transport bound for Salonika, sunk by submarine west of Matapan.

Political, etc.

British Government take over all coal mines in the U.K. for the period of the war.

In Brussels, the U.S. Minister is ordered by the Germans to lower the U.S. flag over the Legation.

Scandinavian Government's protest v. German submarine warfare.


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