On This Day - 21 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

Germans make strong attack at Bezonvaux (Verdun).

Saarbrucken bombed by British.

Dunkirk bombed by Germans.

Eastern Front

Russians repel German attempt to land eight miles north of Verder Peninsula (Riga).

Germans land on Russian mainland at Verder.

Germans claim 20,000 prisoners and 100 guns in last nine days' fighting.

Southern Front

Considerable artillery activity on Italian front.

Monastir shelled again.

Naval and Overseas Operations

Russian fleet escapes north out of Moon Sound.

Ostend bombarded by British ships.

Political, etc.

Russian Soviet's Peace Terms issued.


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