On This Day - 31 March 1918

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

Indecisive fighting in Luce and Avre valleys.  Hangard taken and retaken.  French make some progress between Montdidier and Lassigny.

West of Albert German attack is stopped.

1,059 aeroplanes reported brought down on all fronts in March, of which Allies claim 838, and Germans 221.

Comparative statement of bombing activity by British and German aircraft issued.

Eastern Front

Russo-Romanian agreement on subject of Bessarabia completed.

Southern Front

Announced that British troops in Italy are now holding sector on Asiago Plateau instead of Montello.

Asiatic and Egyptian Theatres

War Office reports progress in Mesopotamia, Palestine, and the Hejaz.

Political, etc.

Mr. Lloyd George in message to Dominions says "the last man may count".

U.S.A.: Agreement between Capital and Labour to refer all questions to arbitration announced.

Austria: "Arbeiter-Zeitung" on Sea-power.


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