Chronology of the Great War


March 1917

Date Events
1 British hospital ship "Glenart Castle" damaged by mine on run from Le Havre to Southampton
2 Russian forces recapture Hamadin in western Persia
7 British and Indian forces cross the Diyala in Mesopotamia
11 British and Indian forces capture and occupy Baghdad
11 Russian forces recapture Kermanshah in western Persia
11 Allies begin offensive to recapture Monastir in Serbia
12 Revolution begins in Russia: new provisional government proclaimed on 14 March
12 United States announces it will arm all of its merchant vessels in the war zone
12 Anglo-French conference in London to discuss relations between British and French commanders on Western Front
14 Germans begin planned withdrawal from Somme front, going eastward to the prepared Hindenburg Line
14 China severs diplomatic relations with Germany
15 Tsar of Russia, Nicholas II, abdicates
16 Action between German surface raider "Leopard", HMS "Achilles" and armed steamer "Dundee". Leopoard is sunk
16 Mutiny begins in Russian Baltic fleet
17 French forces advance to reoccupy Roye; British occupy Bapaume
17 Briand (Premier and Minister for Foreign Affairs) and Roques (Minister for War) resign from French government: they are replaced by Ribot and Painleve
18 German destroyers raid Ramsgate and Broadstairs on Kent coast of England
20 First meeting of British Imperial War Conference
21 British hospital ship "Asturias" torpedoed by German submarine off Start Point
22 Russian provisional givernment is recognised by Britian, France, Italy, USA, Rumania and Switzerland
24 British forces begin offensive in Palestine
25 Russian forces recapture Qasr-i-Shirin in western Persia
26 First Battle of Gaza, ends 27 March, results in defeat of British attack
30 Russian provisional government acknowledges independence of Poland
30 British hospital ship "Gloucester Castle" torpedoed between Le Havre and Southampton but is towed ashore
31 Austrian Emperor makes secret proposal via letter to President Poincare of France to open peace discussions

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