On This Day - 19 August 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 line slightly advanced on a front of one mile in neighbourhood of Ypres-Poelcapelle road.

Eastern Front

Romanian front fighting in Slanie region south of Ocna; enemy gains trenches in Focsani region.  Germans claims 22,000 Russian prisoners in recent fighting in Galicia and Bukovina.

Southern Front

Italian attack on 30-mile front in Carso (between Mrzli Vrh and sea).  Carry Austrian first line east of Isonzo from Plava to sea (25 miles); 7,500 prisoners.  Italians take Austrian bridgehead near Anhovo on right bank Isonzo and attack Bainsizza plateau.


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