On This Day - 22 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 to British advantage in Albert, Robecq and Wytschaete sectors.

Near Villers Brettoneux and on Ancre river, enemy concentrations are dispersed.

Austrian troops reported to be arriving in Belgium.

Eastern Front

United Diets of Baltic Provinces request German Government to form them into a monarchy under King of Prussia.

Asiatic and Egyptian Theatres

Baluchistan: India Office announces unconditional surrender of Khotran Tribe.

Transcaucasian Council decides to declare independence and reopens negotiations with the Turks.

Naval and Overseas Operations

Brilliant Naval Raid on Zeebrugge and Ostend, night of 22-23 April; Zeebrugge entrance blocked by sinking ships.

Block-ships also sunk in Ostend Harbour.

Destroyer action in Adriatic.

Political, etc.

Severe tension reported between Holland and Germany.

Germany: "Das neue Europa" publishes estimate of German losses up to 31 July 1917 as exceeding 5,000,000.

Mr. Bonar Law introduces the Budget.


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