On This Day - 3 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

British withdraw at La Vacquerie and east of Marcoing.

British gain ground south-west of Polygon Wood (Ypres).

Eastern Front

General Dukhonin murdered by mob of soldiers and sailors at Mohilev station.  General Kornilov escapes.

Asiatic and Egyptian Theatres

British drive Turks out of Kara Tepe; Turks flood country between Nahrin and Diala rivers.

Russians co-operate from Persia.

Political, etc.

First day of compulsory food rationing in Rome.

Bulgaria declares readiness to negotiate war settlement.


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