On This Day - 17 May 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 complete capture of Bullecourt.

King of Belgians visits the Somme, Ancre and Arras battlefields.

Eastern Front

Intense enemy fire on Russian trenches near Kukhary (Kovel).

Southern Front

Italians, supported by British heavy artillery, stick to M. Kuk, Vodice, and M. Santo.

Asiatic and Egyptian Theatres

Kurds attack Russian rear near Khanikan.

Mesopotamian Commission's report presented.

Political, etc.

Annual meetings of Imperial Cabinet announced.

Herr Zimmermann on "Kadaververwaltungsanstalten".

Honduras severs diplomatic relations with Germany.

U.S.A. Minister in Belgium issues damning report on German deportations.


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