On This Day - 16 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

East of Avion (south of Lens) British position improved.

Southern Front

Italians regain some positions in Brenta valley.

Allied aeroplanes bomb depots at Cestovo (Macedonia).

Asiatic and Egyptian Theatres

General Allenby made G.C.M.G.

Naval and Overseas Operations

Ionian Sea: French destroyer sinks two submarines.

Political, etc.

New Portuguese Government declare they will honour all Portuguese engagements.


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