March 26—Field Marshal French says that “the protraction of the war depends entirely upon the supply of men and munitions,” and if this supply is unsatisfactory the war will be prolonged; German newspapers charge British atrocities at Neuve Chapelle; Colonial Premiers may meet for consultation before terms of peace are arranged.
March 27—Storm of protest is aroused by suggestions of Dr. Lyttelton, Headmaster of Eton, that concessions should be made to Germany.
March 28—Premier Asquith is attacked by the Unionist press for alleged lack of vigor in direction of the war.
March 30—Three of the nine prison ships on which prisoners have been kept are vacated, and it is planned to empty the others by the end of April, prisoners being cared for on shore.
March 31—King George announces that he is ready to give up use of liquor in the royal household as an example to the working classes, it being stated that slowness of output of munitions of war is partly due to drink; Lord Derby announces that Liverpool dock workers are to be organized into a battalion, enlisted under military law, as a means of preventing delays in making war supplies.
March 1—Official note issued in Paris states that there are 2,080,000 Germans and Austrians on the Russian and Serbian front, and 1,800,000 Germans on the French and Belgian front.
March 5—War Minister introduces bill in Chamber of Deputies giving authorization to call to the colors the recruits of 1915 and to start training those of 1916.
March 6—French Press Bureau estimates the total German losses since the beginning of the war, in killed, wounded, sick, and prisoners, at 3,000,000.
March 10—Foreign Office issues report on treatment of French civilian prisoners by the Germans, charging many instances of cruelty.
March 11—Eight thousand German and Austrian houses have been sequestered to date; bill introduced into Chamber of Deputies provides for burning of soldiers’ bodies as a precaution against possible epidemic of disease; Mi-Careme festivities omitted because of the war.
March 12—Fine of $100,000, to be paid before March 20, is imposed on inhabitants of Lille, in hands of the Germans, because of a demonstration over a group of French prisoners of war brought into the city.
March 14—Copenhagen report states that there has been a revolt in Lille.
March 25—War Ministry denies General von Bernhardi’s charge that France and England had an arrangement for violation of the neutrality of Belgium.
March 28—A cannon is mentioned in the orders of the day for gallantry in action; General Joffre decorates thirty men for gallantry in action in the Champagne district.
March 31—Intense indignation is expressed by the French press over sinking of British passenger steamer Falaba by German submarine.