On This Day - 15 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

Snow interferes with operations.

Germans repulsed at Chaume Wood (Verdun).

Eastern Front

Russian Armistice (28 days) agreement signed.

After six days' fighting, General Kaledin (Cossacks) enters Rostov; local Bolshevist chiefs flee to Black Sea fleet.

Southern Front

General Guillaumet succeeds General Surrail at Salonika as Commander-in-Chief.

Asiatic and Egyptian Theatres

British left centre in Palestine advanced 1.5 miles on five mile front.

Political, etc.

Bolshevist ultimatum to the Ukraine demands free passage for troops.


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