World War One Diary for Friday, June 8, 1917:
France: Foch meets CIGS Robertson at Abbeville. Petain given right to order immediate executions, only orders 7 until July 13. Wilson tells British War Cabinet offensive necessary to keep France in war.
Flanders: British repulse counter-attacks east of Messines Ridge; advance on July 10. Germans withdraw to new line running through Warneton (July 11).
Artois: 6 Canadian battalions (709 casualties) make powerful raid west of Avion, bomb over 150 dugouts and inflict over 836 casualties (including 136 PoWs) in night June 8-9.
Greece: Without informing the Allies, Italian troops from Albania occupy Jannina in Epirus and port of Preveza (June 10).
Britain: Lloyd George argues for separate peace with Austria, war policy committee set up.
Poland: Austro-German Emperors agree that Germany to control Polish forces. In June Warsaw University shut due to students’ strike.