On This Day - 11 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 stop a German counter-attack east of Dreibank, Ypres.

Germans gain temporary footing in advanced trenches north of Hill 344 (Verdun), but driven out by French.

Eastern Front

Germans gain some ground south-east of Segewold (Riga).

Germans attempt to fraternise in Riga sector.

Asiatic and Egyptian Theatres

Turkish attack in Armenia, 16 miles south-west of Erzingan, repulsed.

Naval and Overseas Operations

East Africa: Column in Mbemkuru valley occupies Ruponda on flank of enemy retreating before Nahango column.  Large quantities corn and ammunition captured.

Political, etc.

Four ships flying Swedish flag and lying in British ports taken over by British, being mainly British owned, and liable to be treated as such by Germans.

British Government stops commercial cable communication with Holland.

Kaiser visits Sofia.


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