On This Day - 20 February 1918

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

Successful extensive French raid north of Bures (Lorraine): 500 prisoners.

Eastern Front

German armies still advancing towards Reval, Petrograd, Moscow and Kiev, meeting with little resistance, and occupy Hapsal and Minsk.

German troops reach Finland to reinforce White Guard.

Southern Front

Great bombing raids from both sides; Venice, Padua, etc., again bombed.

Asiatic and Egyptian Theatres

British troops north of Jerusalem advance on four-mile front on Shechem road; within four miles of Jericho.

Khan Abu Rayan occupied by British patrols within ten miles of Hit (Mesopotamia).

Political, etc.

Inter-Allied Labour and Socialist Conference meets at Westminster.


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