On This Day - 16 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

Heavy attacks develop at Wytschaete and south-west of Vieux Berquin.

Wytschaete and Metern lost and retaken.

Attacks near Bailleul repulsed.

German progress on Lys river forces British withdrawal from Passchendaele.

Sir Douglas Haig issues special despatch "The 55th Division at Givenchy".

Heavy fighting in Boyelles district, south of Arras.

Eastern Front

Ukraine: Renewed fighting between Soviet troops and those of General Kornilov.

Ukraine Government protests against union of Bessarabia and Romania.

Political, etc.

Military Service Bill passes House of Commons; majority 198.

U.S.A.: Mr. Schwab appointed Director-General of U.S. Shipbuilding.

Hungary: Dr. Wekerle (Premier) resigns.

Dutch Government decides to send convoy to East Indies.


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