On This Day - 17 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

German attacks near Hurtebise Farm (between Troyon and Craonne) and at Courcy (north of Reims) repulsed.

Battle of Moronvillers (east of Reims) begins.

French capture heights of the massif and 3,500 prisoners.

Asiatic and Egyptian Theatres

British on night 17-18 April force passage of Shatt-el-Adhaim (left tributary of Tigris below Samarra).

Second advance against Gaza begins.

Naval and Overseas Operations

British hospital ships "Donegal" and "Lanfranc" torpedoed in Channel.

Political, etc.

Measures of Senate (U.S.A.) to suppress export of food-stuffs, etc., to Germany.

Sixth German War Loan closed: �656,100,000.


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