On This Day - 21 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

British success continued; villages taken; British troops at Fontaine Notre Dame within 2.5 miles of Cambrai; more guns and prisoners captured.

French carry a salient on Craonne Plateau, south of Juvincourt.

Eastern Front

Bolsheviks dismiss General Dukhonin (Commander-in-Chief) for refusing to negotiate an armistice with enemy; Ensign Krilenko Commander-in-Chief.

Southern Front

Strong enemy attacks in mountains between the Brenta and Piave are everywhere repulsed by Italians, except at Mt. Fontana Secca.

Asiatic and Egyptian Theatres

General Allenby's troops storm the Nebi Samwil ridge, five miles north of Jerusalem; fruitless counter-attacks by Turks.

Naval and Overseas Operations

Considerable captures of Germans in East Africa by British columns, at Simba and Nevala.

Political, etc.

Disenfranchisement of Conscientious Objectors passed in Commons.

Ukrainian Republic proclaimed and declared member of Russian Federal Republic.


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