On This Day - 13 November 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

Concentrated shelling of Ypres and Passchendaele salient by Germans, followed by infantry attack; repulsed by British.

Successful Belgian raid south-east of Nieuport.

German raids near Reims repulsed; they bomb Calais.

Southern Front

Great efforts by Austrians to force the Piave lines guarding Venice; they cross main stream at Zenson and Grisolera; further north they occupy islands in the river.

Asiatic and Egyptian Theatres

British troops drive Turks from Wadi Sugheir; take many prisoners and guns.  Turks seek refuge behind Wadi Surar, eight miles south of Jaffa.

Political, etc.

M. Venizelos arrives in London.

Painleve Ministry resigns after defeat on vote of confidence in Chamber.

Fighting in Moscow and Petrograd between Bolsheviks and followers of Kerenski.


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