On This Day - 24 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

French reach banks of Oise-Aisne Canal; 11,000 prisoners to date.

Germans attack Chaume Wood (Verdun) repulsed.

German attack repulsed Houthulst Forest (Ypres).

Eastern Front

Russians begin to evacuate Kronstadt.

Russian advance to Dvina 30 miles south-east Riga.

Southern Front

Austro-Germans attack in thick fog on 20-mile front, breaking through 2nd Italian Army at Tolmino, Caporetto and Plezzo; 10,000 prisoners.


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