On This Day - 1 April 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

British capture Savy (four miles west of St. Quentin) and Savy Wood.

French drive back Germans to Vauxaillon (north-east of Soissons).

A German bombardment of Reims begins.

Southern Front

Bulgar-Germans bombard Monastir (asphyxiating shells).

Asiatic and Egyptian Theatres

Russians progress towards Khanikan (85 miles north-east of Baghdad).

Turks retreat towards Kasr-i-Shirin (Persia).

British occupy Kizil-Robat (26 miles south-west of Khanikan) on Diala river.

Political, etc.

British Government decide to interfere in Barrow strike.  They adhere to principle of an independent Poland.


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