On This Day - 5 November 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

Allied advance from Scheldt to Meuse continued.

Between Scheldt and Sambre British capture Le Quesnoy and Mormal Forest.  Between Oise and Aisne French capture Chateau-Porcien (on Aisne) and Guise (on Oise).  Between Aisne and Meuse French cross Ardennes Canal; Americans cross Meuse at Brieulles and Clery-le-Petit and take Beaumont.

Marshal Foch in supreme strategical direction.

Eastern Front

Resignation of Siberian Government in favour of "All-Russian Government".

Naval and Overseas Operations

Italians enter Pola.

Political, etc.

U.S.A. elections for Congress; Republican majority returned.

British Ministerial changes; Sir A. Geddes becomes President of Local Government Board in place of Mr. W. Hayes-Fisher, resigned.

Announcement of Mr. Lloyd-George in Commons re: Armistice.

President Wilson replies to Germany re: Armistice.


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