On This Day - 5 June 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

Daylight aeroplane raid on Thames estuary and Medway, 13 killed, 34 injured; at least six enemy machines destroyed while returning.

Artillery still active near Wytschaete.

British make small advance south of Souchez river, and begin an attack north of river Scarpe.

German attack near Hurtebise (Chemin des Dames) fails.

Southern Front

Italians withdraw further south of Jamiano.

Naval and Overseas Operations

Naval action between light craft in North Sea; German destroyer sunk.

Ostend bombarded from the sea.


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