On This Day - 8 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

Small actions west of Graincourt (south-western Cambrai).

Great artillery activity north-east of Verdun.

Southern Front

French and British join Italian line, latter in Montello district (Piave).

Combined airwork (150 planes) in Frenzela valley.

Asiatic and Egyptian Theatres

British, by cutting Jerusalem-Jericho and Shechem roads, isolate city.  Local authorities arrange to surrender.

Naval and Overseas Operations

Germans capture Portuguese force at Ngoma (River Rovuma).


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