On This Day - 5 May 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

Artillery fire on both sides and local encounters on whole front.

British line advanced at Morlancourt between Ancre and Somme.

A German long-range gun put out of action by French guns.

Naval and Overseas Operations

Von Lettow-Vorbeck defeated at Nanungu (East Africa) by General Northey's forces; enemy driven to north-east with much loss.

Political, etc.

Lord French appointed Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland; Mr. Ed. Shortt, Chief Secretary.


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