March 26, 1917

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Further French progress in the Lower Coucy Forest; Coucy-le-Chateau and Folembray taken; progress north of Soissons at Vregny. British take Lagnicourt, six miles north-east of Bapaume. Russians yield ground at Baranovitchi. Slight Austrian progress south of Gorizia. French take more trenches west of Monastir; total prisoners, 2,000.

March 25, 1917

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Further French advance towards St. Quentin, north of Grand Seraucourt; they progress south of the Oise in the Lower Forest of Coucy; further progress south of the Somme. German torpedo-boats bombard Dunkirk.

March 24, 1917

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French advance to the west bank of the Oise between St. Quentin and La Fère and threaten these two towns; they reach Savy, between three and four miles west of St. Quentin, and the suburbs of La Fère; further advance on the eastern bank of the Ailette. British occupy Roisel, seven miles east of Péronne.

March 23, 1917

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French defeat the Germans between St. Quentin and La Fère; Germans flood the Oise Valley; La Fère under water; further French advance on the Crozat Canal. Fighting on the British front between Arras and the Bapaume-Cambrai road. General Alexeieff reports great German concentration on Riga-Dvinsk front. Rumanians lose positions south of the Trotus Valley. Germans announce return of raider Möwe to port, and names of nine more victims.

March 22, 1917

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German resistance increasing; heavy fighting on the French left between St. Quentin and La Fère and on the Crozat Canal, which the French cross; French gains north of Soissons; they cross the Ailette, a tributary of the Oise.

March 21, 1917

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Rapid British advance 10 miles east of the Somme, close to St. Quentin; 40 more villages occupied; French carry Jussy and force the Crozat Canal. British hospital ship Asturias torpedoed. First meeting of the Imperial War Conference; delegates from all the Dominions, except Australia, present.

March 20, 1917

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Further Allied progress towards Cambrai and St. Quentin along an 80-miles front; British front now runs by Canizy, Estrées-en-Chausée, Nurlu, Vèlu, and St. Leger; Germans pivoting near Arras; French beyond Chauny and Ham, their cavalry within five miles of St. Quentin. President Wilson summons special sitting of Congress for April 2 “to receive a communication by the Executive on grave questions of national policy”; a declaration that state of war exists with Germany expected.

March 19, 1917

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German retreat towards the Cambrai-St. Quentin-La Fère-Noyon line continues; French take Chauny and Ham; over 170 villages taken by Allies in three days. French Dreadnought Danton torpedoed and sunk in Mediterranean. M. Ribot forms a new French Government, with M. Painlevé, Minister for War; Admiral Lacaze, Marine; M. Thomas, Munitions; M. Thierry, Finance; and M. Maginot, Colonies, as the War Committee.

March 18, 1917

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Fall of Péronne, Nesle, and Chaulnes to the British, who take over 60 villages in two days; French advance continues between the Avre and the Aisne on a front of 37½ miles; Noyon and many villages taken. German attack near Verdun on the Mort Homme-Avocourt front; some trenches and prisoners taken. Russians take Harunabad, 20 miles south-east of Kermanshah. German destroyer raid on Kent coast, Ramsgate shelled; British destroyer sunk by torpedo, and second destroyer damaged.

March 17, 1917

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Great German retreat in the West along a front of about 100 miles; British take Bapaume and 14 villages north and south of the Somme; French advance between Andechy and the Oise; Roye and Lassigny and many villages taken. French bring down a Zeppelin in flames at Compiègne. Russians occupy Kerind, 150 miles from Baghdad. M. Briand and his Cabinet resign.