On This Day - 26 September 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 advance on six-mile front east of Ypres; Polygon Wood cleared, Zonnebeke stormed; advance towards Passchendaele.

Four hostile counter-attacks fail after fierce fighting.

Southern Front

Fighting in Marmolada region.

Asiatic and Egyptian Theatres

Hejaz railway bridge destroyed near Maan; train derailed, 80 prisoners.

Naval and Overseas Operations

East Africa: enemy retire from strong post in Lukuledi valley (22 miles south-east of Lindi).

Political, etc.

Australian strike: 50,000 unemployed in Sydney, etc.

M. Venizelos resigns War portfolio.

Reichstag President denounces Mr. Wilson.

Central Georgian Council formed.

M. Kerenski resigns from Soviet.


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