Diary March 31, 1917

German base for submarines and destroyers

World War One Diary for Saturday, March 31, 1917: Sea War For March Allied shipping losses 556,775t or 310 ships (German official figures 564,497t or 281 Allied ships including 61,917t in Mediterranean). Of 1,200 British collier March sailings (con­voyed) to … learn more

Diary March 30, 1917

British cavalry close to Jebel Hamrin

World War One Diary for Friday, March 30, 1917: Middle East Mesopotamia: British Cavalry Division occupies Delli Abbas, Keary occupies Jebel Hamrin (March 31). Palestine: War Cabinet telegram makes Jerusalem Murray’s objective. Western Front Somme: Heavy rain. British occupy 8 … learn more

Diary March 29, 1917

Attack of German Albatros fighters

World War One Diary for Thursday, March 29, 1917: Air War Western Front: Richthofen scores 4 victories (total 10 in March). Middle East Mesopotamia – Action of Duqma (‘the burning Marl’): Caley’s 13th Division (514 casualties including Second Lieutenant Slim … learn more

Diary March 28, 1917

Sopwith Triplane

World War One Diary for Wednesday, March 28, 1917: Air War Macedonia: 10 KG 1 bombers attempt raid on Snievche airfield (No 47 Squadron Royal Flying Corps) but are intercepted by 4 Sopwith 1-1/2-strutters, 1 Sopwith triplane & and BE … learn more

Diary March 27, 1917

U-155

World War One Diary for Tuesday, March 27, 1917: Sea War Germany: Long-range ocean U-cruiser Flotilla formed with U-155; 5 boats by September 22. In or outside prohibited zones ships without lights to be sunk without warning. Western Front France: … learn more

Diary March 26, 1917

urkish artillery battery fires on British troops

World War One Diary for Monday, March 26, 1917: Palestine – First Battle of Gaza (until March 27): Dobell’s British Eastern Force (39,000 men and 136 guns against 16,000 Turks with 74 guns) cuts off Gaza with 8500 cavalry and … learn more

Diary March 25, 1917

'Billy' Bishop

World War One Diary for Sunday, March 25, 1917: Air War Western Front: Bishop gains first of 72 victories. Only one of 6 Sopwith two-seater (No 70 Squadron) survive reconnaissance to Valenciennes (2 lost before on March 24). Eastern Front … learn more

Diary March 24, 1917

Swearing of Russian troops

World War One Diary for Saturday, March 24, 1917: Eastern Front Russia – Russian Army proclaims loyalty to Provisional Government: Junior officer writes ‘There was a gulf between the troops and the officers which could not be bridged’. Western Front … learn more

Diary March 23, 1917

Grneral Robert Nivelle

World War One Diary for Friday, March 23, 1917: Western Front Germans flood Oise valley and La Fare (French near suburbs on March 24). Nivelle confesses to King Albert that ‘many people are against the offensive’. Eastern Front Germany: German … learn more

Diary March 22, 1917

Ex-Zar Nicholas from his prison

World War One Diary for Thursday, March 22, 1917: Politics Russia: USA as first, Allies and Switzerland recognize Russian Provisional Government. Air War Eastern Front: German aircraft shoots down Russian Morane Parasol (No 317) into German wire southwest of Dünaburg. … learn more

Diary March 21, 1917

US merchant ship 'Illlinois'

World War One Diary for Wednesday, March 21, 1917: Sea War North Sea: US tanker Healdton sunk (20 die) by U-boat in Holland safety zone. Politics USA: French Military Mission sails for New York. Occupied Territories Belgium: German decree partitions … learn more

Diary March 20, 1917

God punish England

World War One Diary for Tuesday, March 20, 1917: Western Front Aisne: Germans demolish irreplaceable medieval castle of Coucy-le-Chateau, 10 miles north of Soissons, to remove potential observation post. Artois: BEF preparatory bombardment for Arras offensive opens. Eastern Front Russia: … learn more