On This Day - 20 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

British force line near Fontaine-lez-Croisilles.

Germans gain 200 yards north-east of Cerny.  They lose 500 prisoners on Moronvilliers sector.

End of Second Battle of the Aisne.

Southern Front

Austrian attacks on the Carso beaten off.

Political, etc.

U.S.A. Division to start at once for France under General Pershing.

Mr. Roosevelt's offer declined.

Conscription bill in Canada announced and well received.

Russian Provisional Government recognises debt of honour to Allies and repudiates peace talk.


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