World War One Diary for Saturday, March 31, 1917:
For March Allied shipping losses 556,775t or 310 ships (German official figures 564,497t or 281 Allied ships including 61,917t in Mediterranean). Of 1,200 British collier March sailings (convoyed) to France only 3 ships lost. 3 U-boats lost.
Germany: Army ration strength 7,630,456.
France: During March French order 150 Renault FT-17 light tanks.
Western Front: In March Royal Flying Corps losses 120 aircraft. German fighters claim 60 Allied aircraft in February and March for loss of 7.
Britain: Only 9 weeks supply of wheat and grain in country. Now 300 War Pensions committees (68,269 widows pensions granted). First WAAC draft arrives in France (6,023 by March 12, 1918).
Russia: Pig iron production down 17.6% on first quarter of 1916.
Italy: war costing £30 millions per month (£730 millions so far).