On This Day - 24 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

Mannheim (Rhine) heavily bombed by British airmen.

Eastern Front

German forces not sent west or to Italy being massed on southern and Romanian fronts.

Telegraph between Petrograd and south-west interrupted by Ukraine authorities.

Southern Front

Italians regain much of lost ground near the Brenta.

Enemy claims 9,000 prisoners in last two days.

Snow severe on Italian front.

French raids in Albania.

Naval and Overseas Operations

British seaplanes bomb Bruges Docks and other aerodromes.


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