On This Day - 22 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

heavy fighting on Ypres front; British line advanced 500 yards on 1-mile front.  Also advance 0.25 mile on 2.5 mile front (objective Lens).

Aeroplane raid on Dover, Ramsgate and Margate; 12 killed, 25 injured.

Zeppelin destroyed by naval forces off Jutland.

Eastern Front

At Raggazen (Gulf of Riga) Russians retire from 3 to 8 miles, to shorten line.

Situation unchanged on Romanian front, where fighting continues.

Southern Front

Fierce fighting in Carso region.

Italian progress on both right and left wings.

Asiatic and Egyptian Theatres

War Office reports Turkish defeat in Hejaz.

Political, etc.

Earl Grenville appointed Minister at Athens.


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