On This Day - 4 December 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

Bourlon Wood evacuated by British.

West Verdun: enemy efforts to reach Avocourt and Forges sectors fail.

Southern Front

Austrian artillery very active towards Brenta river.

Asiatic and Egyptian Theatres

Minor actions north of Jaffa and on Jerusalem road.

British seaplanes active.

Naval and Overseas Operations

Operations at Aden described in House of Lords.

Political, etc.

President Wilson's message to Congress.


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