On This Day - 20 July 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

Germans re-cross Marne.  20,000 prisoners and 400 guns since 18 July.  British, French and Italians advance in Ardre valley, in Boise de Courton, and towards St. Euphraise.

Aeroplane raid on Kent; no damage.

Naval and Overseas Operations

British destroyer "Marne" sinks German submarine attacking "Justicia"; "Justicia" sinks after long fight.

Political, etc.

Mr. Balfour replies to Hertling's "pawn" speech.

Threatening meeting of munition workers at Birmingham.


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