On This Day - 8 May 1917

Spotlights over Paris Theatre definitions: Western Front comprises the Franco-German-Belgian front and any military action in Great Britain, Switzerland, Scandinavia and Holland.  Eastern Front comprises the German-Russian, Austro-Russian and Austro-Romanian fronts.  Southern Front comprises the Austro-Italian and Balkan (including Bulgaro-Romanian) fronts, and Dardanelles.  Asiatic and Egyptian Theatres comprises Egypt, Tripoli, the Sudan, Asia Minor (including Transcaucasia), Arabia, Mesopotamia, Syria, Persia, Afghanistan, Turkestan, China, India, etc.  Naval and Overseas Operations comprises operations on the seas (except where carried out in combination with troops on land) and in Colonial and Overseas theatres, America, etc.  Political, etc. comprises political and internal events in all countries, including Notes, speeches, diplomatic, financial, economic and domestic matters.  Source: Chronology of the War (1914-18, London; copyright expired)

Western Front

Fresnoy attacked in great strength by Germans and recaptured.

French attack and capture German trenches beyond Chevreux (Craonne); German counter-attacks repelled.

Southern Front

British capture Bulgar position south-west of Lake Doiran.

Serbs seize useful points in Moglenitsa Valley.

Political, etc.

Australian elections result in Nationalist majority in both Houses.

"Combing out" of munition workers begins.

Liberia breaks off relations with Germany.


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