On This Day - 27 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

Severe village fighting at Fontaine Notre Dame and Bourlon; British line advanced and 500 prisoners taken; enemy attack west of Moeuvres repulsed.

French success near Hill 344 (Verdun).

Naval and Overseas Operations

Unconditional surrender near Nevala (East Africa) of Mahenge force, under Colonel Tafel, consisting of over 3,500 German and native troops.

Political, etc.

Brazil concludes agreement with France for the use of 30 interned German ships, to carry food for the Allies.


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