Timeline of April 1917

During the German Retreat to the Hindenburg Line. Bringing in German prisoners near St. Quentin, April 1917. From the Ministry of Information First World War Official Collection at the Imperial War Museum, copyright image Q1982,with my thanks.

During the German Retreat to the Hindenburg Line. Bringing in German prisoners near St. Quentin, April 1917. From the Ministry of Information First World War Official Collection at the Imperial War Museum, copyright image Q1982,with my thanks.

April 1917

DateEvents
3Torpedo boat HMS "Jason" sunk by mine off coast of Scotland
6United States declares war on Germany: Cuba and Panama follow suit on 7 April
8Austria-Hungary severs diplomatic relations with USA
9The Battle of Arras begins, lasts until May. It is a supporting and diversionary action to larger French offensive on the Chemin des Dames (begins 16 April). The Canadian Corps captures Vimy Ridge; British elements make lengthy advances to Point du Jour and south of the Scarpe
9Russia provisional government issues proclamation to Allies declaring in favour of self-determination of peoples and a durable peace
10British hospital ship "Salta" mined offLle Havre
10Bulgaria severs diplomatic relations with USA
13Bolivia severs diplomatic relations with Germany
17Second Battle of Gaza in Palestine, lasts to 19 April without British success
20French offensive is stopped after serious casualties, unimpressive results and mutiny in ranks
20German destroyer raid on Dover. HMS "Swift" and "Broke" engage six enemy ships and fend them off but both are damaged
20Turkey severs diplomatic relations with USA
22Action of Istabulat in Mesopotamia
24British and Indian forces capture Samarra in Mesopotamia
26Second German destroyer raid on Ramsgate on Kent coast of England
27Guatemala severs diplomatic relations with Germany
28United States Congress passes a bill for raising 500,000 men
28Fighting at Arleux area in continuing Battle of Arras
29General Petain appointed French Chief of General Staff
30Turksih forces occupy Muc in Armenia

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