On This Day - 22 March 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

Increased enemy resistance on British front from west of St. Quentin to south of Arras.

Heavy snow storms.

French progress north of Tergnier (Oise) and north of Soissons, despite stiffening defence.

Eastern Front

Russians retake lost trenches near Lida (Vilna).

Naval and Overseas Operations

"Moewe" German raider, reported returned to a home port after second cruise in Atlantic, having sunk 111,000 tons of British shipping.

American steamer "Healdton" sunk.

Political, etc.

Ex-Tsar reaches Tsarskoye-Selo.

Great Britain, France and Italy recognise Provisional Government in Russia.  Death penalty in latter abolished.

Speech in Reichstag by Dr. Helfferich (Interior).

Archangel route in danger zone.

British danger zone in North Sea extended towards Holland and Jutland from 2 April.


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