On This Day - 4 July 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

Aeroplane raid on Harwich (17 killed, 30 injured).

Asiatic and Egyptian Theatres

Turkish cavalry reconnaissance from Beersheba (Palestine); shelled and forced to retreat.

Naval and Overseas Operations

German submarine attack in force on U.S. transports defeated.

Issue of report on operations in East Africa.

British mine-sweeper sunk in Mediterranean.

Ponta Delgada (Azores) shelled by enemy submarine.


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