On This Day - 8 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

Oise river French are forced back in Forest of Coucy, and Coucy le Chateau and Landricourt are lost.

German attempts in districts of Reims, Verdun and Vosges.

Heavy German bombardment on whole British front, up to Armentieres.

Eastern Front

Germany answering Russian protests demands disarmament of Russian Fleet.

Bessarabian Council of Land vote for autonomous union with Romania.

Political, etc.

Rome: Conference of Nationalities oppressed by Austria opens.

Paris: M. Clemenceau discloses contents of Emperor of Austria's letter.

Canada: Sir Sam Hughes speaks on conditions in Quebec.


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