On This Day - 16 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

Enemy air raid on Nancy.

French attack west of Craonne is repulsed by Germans.

Eastern Front

Oesel Island fully in German possession.  Germans claim 10,000 prisoners and 50 guns.

German attempt to throw bridge across Dvina frustrated.

Naval and Overseas Operations

Belgians rescue convoy of prisoners south-east of Mahenge (East Africa).

Russian fleet assists defence in Moon Sound.

"Slava" battleship sunk.

Political, etc.

Pan-German propaganda.

Mr. Bonar-Law announces future Air Ministry Bill.


On This Day