On This Day - 18 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

Artillery activity near Fresnoy.

Germans concentrate on California Plateau, Chemin des Dames; slight attacks repulsed.

Southern Front

Italians extend their hold on Vodice and Hill 652.

Political, etc.

The Duma urges loyalty to Allies on Provisional Government.

U.S.A. Congress passes Army Bill: 500,000 to be mustered in September.

Unit of U.S.A. Medical Corps reaches England.


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