On This Day - 17 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 the Ancre British penetrate 1,000 yards into enemy positions on a front of 1.5 miles.  North of the Ancre British take hostile trenches on a 1,000 yard front.  In these two operations 773 prisoners taken.

North-west of Altkirch (Alsace) French raid enemy salient, inflicting heavy loss.

Eastern Front

Lavkassa river (south-west of Dvinsk) Germans clad in white raid Russian lines, taking about 50 prisoners.

Asiatic and Egyptian Theatres

Near Kut, British progress on south bank of Tigris.

north bank an attack on the Sanna-i-Yat positions fails.

Political, etc.

Entente Powers call the Government's attention to hostile attitude of Greek press.

Greek Government search private dwellings for hidden arms.

New Australian Government.


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