On This Day - 17 July 1915

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)

Eastern Front

Heavy fighting between Vistula and Bug.

Mackensen continues offensive on the Wolitsa.

Southern Front

Serbians evacuate Durazzo (Albania) at request of Italians, but keep neighbouring strategical points.

Naval and Overseas Operations

"Lusitania" report issued by Lord Mersey.

Political, etc.

Two spies condemned to death at Westminster Guildhall.

Signing of secret treaty between Turco-German Allies and Bulgaria.


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