On This Day - 7 October 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

German attacks near Reutel (Ypres) repulsed.

Powerful German raid in Champagne repulsed by French.

Eastern Front

German attack 28 miles east-north-east of Riga repulsed.

Southern Front

Artillery active on Bainsizaa Plateau (Isonzo), and on Carso.

Austrian attack on Massif of Costabella repulsed.

Asiatic and Egyptian Theatres

Great artillery activity on Gaza front (Palestine).

Naval and Overseas Operations

German U.293, interned at Cadiz, escapes from Spain.  Enquiry ordered by Spanish Prime Minister.

Political, etc.

M. Kerenski forms Coalition Government.

Uruguay breaks off diplomatic relations with Germany.

Paris Chamber announces scantiest harvest for 50 years in France.  Luxuries cut down to make tonnage for import of grain.


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