Timeline of February 1917

Indian infantry halted in the street of Kut-al-Amara in Mesopotamia, February 1917. From the Ministry of Information First World War Official Collection at the Imperial War Museum, copyright image Q25222,with my thanks.

Indian infantry halted in the street of Kut-al-Amara in Mesopotamia, February 1917. From the Ministry of Information First World War Official Collection at the Imperial War Museum, copyright image Q25222,with my thanks.

February 1917

DateEvents
1Germans begin unrestricted submarine warfare
3United States severs diplomatic relations with Germany
3Fighting in the Siwa Oasis on the western frontier of Egypt
8British operations against Senussi come to an end
13Scandinavian governments publish joint protest against German submarine warfare
14Britain informs Japanese government that it will support Japanese claims to German territories north of the Equator if they will support British claims south of it
14British government pledges to Parliament that restoration of Alsace and Lorraine to France is a British war aim
17Australian War Government formed
23British and Indian forces reoccupy Kut-al-Amara in Mesopotamia: Turks retreat from Kut towards Baghdad
25German forces carry out withdrawal from front line positions on the Ancre
25German destroyers carry out raid on Margate and Broadstairs on English Kent coast
25German submarines sink British ship "Laconia": President Wilson calls it the "overt act" for which he was waiting
26President Wilson asks Congress for power to arm US merchant ships
26Anglo-French conference at Calais: Lloyd George tries to subordinate British Armies to Nivelle's command
28American press publishes German proposals for alliance with Mexico against United States

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