On This Day - 17 August 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)

Western Front

Zeppelin raid on east coast.

French gain footing on ridge in Vosges (Sondernach crest).

Night attack on Sondernach by Germans.

Eastern Front

Novo-Georgievsk furiously attacked and outlying forts captured.

Austrians approach Brest-Litovsk.

Russians driven across Bug at Konstantinov.

Fall of Kovna.

Enemy approaches Byelostok-Byelsk railway and cuts Kholm-Brest-Litovsk railway.

Southern Front

Italian advance on Bacher valley (Dolomites), Vrsik crest, Sta Maria and Sta Lucia hills (Julian).

Asiatic and Egyptian Theatres

1,200 Bunerwal rebels attack camp at Rustam (Peshawar); one officer killed.

Naval and Overseas Operations

Austrians attack Pelagosa Island (Centre Adriatic).

Political, etc.

Germans claim two million prisoners to date: 330,000 British, French and Belgian; rest Russian.

Proposals of Entente examined by Serbian cabinet.

Italian war loan totals 4 millions.


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