On This Day - 8 September 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

Verdun: French attack on Meuse front and sieze Fosses, Caurieres and Chaume Woods and 800 prisoners.

Eastern Front

General Kornilov dismissed; General Kemborski appointed Commander-in-Chief.

Owing to misunderstanding with M. Kerenski, General Kornilov marches on Petrograd.

Naval and Overseas Operations

Enemy H.Q. at Mahenge threatened by Belgian troops from north.

Enemy retreats towards Liwale, 120 miles south-west of Kilwa.

German positions occupied by British at Mponda's, south of Mahenge.

Political, etc.

Russian Government re-imposes death penalty everywhere for treason, desertion and cowardice.

British Food Controller fixes price of milk for three months after October at 8d. per quart.


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