On This Day - 26 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

Hostile artillery activity near Vimy and east of Ypres.

Germans repulsed in Caurieres Wood (Verdun).

Southern Front

Big aerial fight 18 miles north of Venice.

Asiatic and Egyptian Theatres

Palestine: Sharp fighting during night; British picquets attacked.

Naval and Overseas Operations

Admiral Sir R. Wemyss appointed First Sea Lord vice Sir John Jellicoe (peerage conferred on latter).

Political, etc.

U.S.A. Shipping Board promises five million tons in 1918.

Mr. McAdoo appointed Director of Railways.


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