On This Day - 31 August 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

Germans force British to evacuate advanced posts north of St. Julien-Poelcapelle road.

British air raid on aerodromes on Belgian coast.

French success near Hurtebise (Aisne).

Southern Front

Heavy fighting at Monte San Gabriele (north-east of Gorizia); Austrian counter-attacks repulsed.

Italians claim 27,000 prisoners since 19 August.

Naval and Overseas Operations

British seaplanes drop many bombs on aerodromes near Belgian coast.

Political, etc.

M. Malvy, French Minister of the Interior, resigns.


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