On This Day - 3 April 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

Local fighting in Scarpe river region and at Hebuterne.

Heavy air fighting and bombing.

One long-range gun reported blown up.

Eastern Front

Indications of coalition between local authorities and Entente to safeguard Murman railway.

German troops (30,000?) land at Hango in Finland; White Guards capture Tammefors with 1,000 prisoners.

Asiatic and Egyptian Theatres

Baluchistan: Successful progress of operations against the Marris.

Naval and Overseas Operations

Seven British submarines blown up in Baltic (between 3rd and 8th April) to save them from German hands.

Political, etc.

British Shipping output for first quarter 320,280 tons.

Austria: Count Czernin speaks on international situation and declares he has received peace offer from France (M. Clemenceau denies this).

Cape Town: General Botha appeals to "Fellow South Africans" for recruits.

Allied Blockade Committee meets.


On This Day