On This Day - 1 December 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

South-west Cambrai: Gonnelieu recovered, but British withdraw from Masnieres salient.

Enemy attack heavily at Bourlon Wood and claims 4,000 prisoners and 60 guns.

Verdun: Violent German attack north of Fosses Wood.

Eastern Front

M. Lenin demands surrender of General Dukhonin, Commander-in-Chief.

Russian General Staff surrenders at Mohilev.

Partial cessation of hostilities.

Naval and Overseas Operations

German East Africa clear of enemy; von Lettow-Vorbeck retires across Rovuma river (Portuguese boundary).

Political, etc.

Inter-Allied Council at Versailles inaugurated.

Canadian Victory Loan; Over �70 million subscribed.


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