On This Day - 24 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

Fierce fighting at Bourlon Wood and village; both change hands frequently.

British gains neat Moeuvres, Queant, Bullecourt, and Banteux.

Successful French attack on Verdun front.

Southern Front

Austrian assaults fail on Asiago Plateau; also attempts to cross Lower Piave.

General Sir Herbert Plumer appointed to command British forces in Italy.

Asiatic and Egyptian Theatres

Lt.-Gen. Sir W. R. Marshall succeeds Sir S. Maude in Mesopotamia.

Political, etc.

Trotsky begins publication of Russian secret treaties with other Powers.


On This Day