On This Day - 18 March 1917

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

British occupy Chaulnes and Peronne and advance on 45-mile front from Chaulnes to Arras.

Great air activity.

French occupy Noyon, Nesle, Guiscard, etc., and advance on 40-mile front.

Zeppelin brought down at Compiegne.

Germans launch heavy attack against Avocourt-Mort Homme sector (Verdun).

Ramsgate, etc., shelled: no casualties.

Southern Front

After five days' fighting French capture 1,200 Bulgarians, a mile of trenches north-east, and village of Svegovo, north of Monastir.

Asiatic and Egyptian Theatres

Russians enter Van (Armenia).

Naval and Overseas Operations

German destroyers fire on Kent coast towns (Ramsgate, etc.): no casualties.

Sinking of three U.S. steamers, 14,600 tons gross shipping, reported.

Political, etc.

Russian Press urges loyalty to Allied cause; commission inquires into delinquencies of former ministers; food question, in hands of Zemstva, etc., becomes less acute.


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