Timeline of March 1917

British Cavalry crossing a wooden bridge over the River Somme at Brie, near Peronne, March 1917. They are part of the British pursuit of the German "Retreat to the Hindenburg Line", a strategic withdrawal from the Somme. The bridge was repaired on 18 March. From the Ministry of Information First World War Official Collection at the Imperial War Museum, copyright image Q1871,with my thanks.

British Cavalry crossing a wooden bridge over the River Somme at Brie, near Peronne, March 1917. They are part of the British pursuit of the German “Retreat to the Hindenburg Line”, a strategic withdrawal from the Somme. The bridge was repaired on 18 March. From the Ministry of Information First World War Official Collection at the Imperial War Museum, copyright image Q1871,with my thanks.

March 1917

DateEvents
1British hospital ship "Glenart Castle" damaged by mine on run from Le Havre to Southampton
2Russian forces recapture Hamadin in western Persia
7British and Indian forces cross the Diyala in Mesopotamia
11British and Indian forces capture and occupy Baghdad
11Russian forces recapture Kermanshah in western Persia
11Allies begin offensive to recapture Monastir in Serbia
12Revolution begins in Russia: new provisional government proclaimed on 14 March
12United States announces it will arm all of its merchant vessels in the war zone
12Anglo-French conference in London to discuss relations between British and French commanders on Western Front
14Germans begin planned withdrawal from Somme front, going eastward to the prepared Hindenburg Line
14China severs diplomatic relations with Germany
15Tsar of Russia, Nicholas II, abdicates
16Action between German surface raider "Leopard", HMS "Achilles" and armed steamer "Dundee". Leopoard is sunk
16Mutiny begins in Russian Baltic fleet
17French forces advance to reoccupy Roye; British occupy Bapaume
17Briand (Premier and Minister for Foreign Affairs) and Roques (Minister for War) resign from French government: they are replaced by Ribot and Painleve
18German destroyers raid Ramsgate and Broadstairs on Kent coast of England
20First meeting of British Imperial War Conference
21British hospital ship "Asturias" torpedoed by German submarine off Start Point
22Russian provisional givernment is recognised by Britian, France, Italy, USA, Rumania and Switzerland
24British forces begin offensive in Palestine
25Russian forces recapture Qasr-i-Shirin in western Persia
26First Battle of Gaza, ends 27 March, results in defeat of British attack
30Russian provisional government acknowledges independence of Poland
30British hospital ship "Gloucester Castle" torpedoed between Le Havre and Southampton but is towed ashore
31Austrian Emperor makes secret proposal via letter to President Poincare of France to open peace discussions

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