On This Day - 31 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

Aeroplane raid on Kent and Dover: no damage.  Another raid at night on Kent, Essex and London; 10 killed, 22 injured.

Eastern Front

German attempts at fraternisation met with artillery fire.

Southern Front

2nd and 3rd Italian Armies withdrawn behind River Tagliamento.

Germans claim over 180,000 prisoners and 1,500 guns.

Asiatic and Egyptian Theatres

British capture Beersheba, with 1,800 Turks and 9 guns.

Political, etc.

Dr. Michaelis resigns German Chancellorship; latter offered to Count Hertling.


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