On This Day - 7 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

French gain ground at Cerny (northern Aisne) and at Verdun.

Big German aeroplane raid on London, 57 killed, 193 injured; 11 enemy aeroplanes accounted for.

British aeroplanes bomb Ghistelles (Belgium).

Asiatic and Egyptian Theatres

Despatches on winter operations in Egypt published.

Political, etc.

French Government affirm their right of control in respect of army services.

Chinese Emperor abdicates.


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