Timeline of June 1917

British  soldiers working in the ruins near Thelus (Vimy Ridge), watching shells bursting in the distance on 14th June 1917. From the Ministry of Information First World War Official Collection at the Imperial War Museum, copyright image Q2378,with my thanks.

British soldiers working in the ruins near Thelus (Vimy Ridge), watching shells bursting in the distance on 14th June 1917. From the Ministry of Information First World War Official Collection at the Imperial War Museum, copyright image Q2378,with my thanks.

June 1917

DateEvents
3Italy proclaims Protectorate over independent Albania
4General Brusilov succeeds Alexeyev as Russian Commander in Chief
5German daylight aeroplane raid on the port of Sheerness and other naval establishments on the Medway
7Battle of Messines begins: after concentrated artillery bombardment and blowing of nineteen enormous underground mines, British and Commonwealth forces advance to capture key ridge. Battle lasts a week
9Russian provision government refuses German proposal for unlimited armistice
11Allied governments present demand to Greece for abdication of King Constantine: he does so next day
13157 dead and 432 injured in great German aeroplane raid on London
13US Major General J. J. Pershing arrives in France
14German airship L43 brought down in North Sea
14British Admiralty approves plan for convoying of merchant ships
16Haiti severs diplomatic relations with Germany
17Portuguese troops in action in France for the first time
17German airship L48 felled by British aeroplane over Suffolk
19General Arthur Currie is appointed to command Canadian troops in France
21Mutiny breaks out in Russian Black Sea fleet at Sevastopol
23Dr Ernest Ritter von Seidler appointed Austrian premier
25First contingent of United States troops lands in France
26Venizelos appointed Greek premier
27Greece severs diplomatic relations with Germany, Austria-Hungary and Turkey: state of war now exists
28General Allenby succeeds Murray as GOC commanding British forces in Egypt
29Russian summer offensive ("Brusilov offensive") begins

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