On This Day - 10 October 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

French extend their hold up valley of Corverbeck (Ypres).

Germans gain footing in first line trenches north of Chaume Wood (Verdun).

Naval and Overseas Operations

Portuguese capture German post at Mauta, 26 miles north of Rovuma rtiver (East Africa).

Germans bomb Russian tramsports at southern end of Oesel Island (Riga).

Political, etc.

Von Kuhlmann discussing Peace proposals says Germany will never give back Alsace-Lorraine; French press virulent on the subject.


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