On This Day - 7 November 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

British consolidate new positions at Passchendaele; no German counter-attacks.

Germans attack French at Chaume Wood (Verdun).

Southern Front

Italians in retreat west from Tagliamento reach River Livenza.  Germans claim many thousand prisoners.

Asiatic and Egyptian Theatres

Capture of Gaza by General Allenby; the troops push on and reach the Wadi Hesi, eight miles north of Gaza.  British and French warships co-operate off coast.

Political, etc.

Notes of agreement between U.S.A. and Japan, concerning their interests in China, published.

Maximalist ("Bolshevik") revolution spreading in Petrograd.


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