Another month's behind us. Here's what's been happening around the world in March - Intrepid Fliers:
March 1 Great Britain and France announced a total blockade of merchant shipping to and from Germany. March 2 The British naval bombardment of the forts resumed in the Dardanelles. March 4 The French Government decided to send an Expeditionary Force to the Dardanelles whilst Turkish defenders drove off British landing parties at the entrance to the Narrows. March 5 The Greek Government offered naval and military support for operations at the Dardanelles. British naval forces began the bombardment of the strategic city of Smyrna on the Aegean coast. March 6 Prime Minister Eleftherios Venizelos resigned after a disagreement with King Constantine of Greece about the country's role in the war. March 7 The Greek Government asked for an explanation of the British occupation at Lemnos. March 9 The British Government explained that it was a military necessity to attack Lemnos. The British bombardment of Smyrna ended. March 10 The British army attacked at the start of the Battle of Neuve Chapelle, giving support to the much larger French offensive in Champagne. Dimitrios Gounaris replaced Eleftherios Venizelos as Prime Minister of Greece. March 11 The armed merchant cruiser HMS Bayano was torpedoed and sunk by German submarine U-27. March 12 General Sir Ian Hamilton was appointed to command the Allied Mediterranean Expeditionary Force in order to gain control of the Dardanelles straits. March 14 The German cruiser SMS Dresden was scuttled by her crew after it was attacked by British warships off the coast of Chile. March 15 The Royal navy cruiser HMS Amethyst was damaged by field artillery whilst on minesweeping duties in the Dardanelles. March 17 Following his appointment earlier in the month, General Sir Ian Hamilton took up his position as Commander-in- Chief of the Allied Mediterranean Expeditionary Force. March 18 The Allied naval attack of the Dardanelles forts was repelled by the defending Turks. British battleships HMS Irresistible and HMS Ocean and the French battleship Bouvet were all sunk in the battle. March 20 The British Government guaranteed that Greece would have Lemnos after the war. March 21 In the first German airship raid on Paris two Zeppelins dropped high explosives and bombs on the capital city. March 22 The Siege of Przemysl ended when the Russians captured the fortress at the strategically important city. March 23 Originally built as a tramp steamer, HMS Manica was the first kite balloon ship to be commissioned by the Admiralty. March 25 The German military commander General Liman von Sanders was appointed to command the Turkish forces at Gallipoli. March 28 The first American casualty of war was killed when the cargo-passenger ship Falaba was torpedoed by the German submarine U-28. March 29 The British and United States Governments agreed that rubber would not be exported except to Great Britain. March 30 South African forces occupied Aus in German South West Africa. March 31 The city of Libau on the Baltic Sea was shelled by the Germans.
(From The Great War - Unseen Archives by Robert Hamilton)
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