Diary February 20, 1917

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A Hungarian poster calls for donations for war orphans.
World War One Diary for Tuesday, February 20, 1917:

Secret War

Austria: Note invites Prince Sixtus to Vienna for peace talks. Emperor Charles hints at separate peace.

Middle East

Arabia – First major raid on Hejaz Railway: Captain Garland’s 50 Arabs from Wejh blow up engine and bridge at Toweira.
Sinai: British surprise and take Turk posts at Nakhi and Bir-el-Hassana.

Sea War

Western Mediterranean: French cruiser­-minelayer Cassini sinks on UC-35 mine in Bonifacio Straits.

Neutrals

USA: Wilson asks for powers from Congress.

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