On This Day - 4 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

Germans again attack in force between Somme and Avre rivers.

British pressed back near Hamel and Villers-Bretonneux, and French between Avre and Luce rivers.

North of Somme, attack near Albert is repulsed.

French counter-attack between Grivesnes and Noyon.

Germans claim 90,000 prisoners since 21 March.

Asiatic and Egyptian Theatres

Sarikamish (Transcaucasia) occupied by Turks.

Naval and Overseas Operations

Morocco: Reported German intrigues in.

British destroyer sunk in collision.

Petrograd reports sinking of three Russian warships in Finnish waters and destruction of others to avoid capture.

Political, etc.

Mr. Lloyd George returns from visit to the front.


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