On This Day - 5 June 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

Near Vingre (north-west of Soissons) German attempt to cross Aisne checked.

German attacks at Longpont (north of Forest of Retz) and at Chezy (south of Ourcq) defeated by French.

Sir W. R. Robertson appointed to command of British home forces.

Naval and Overseas Operations

British armed boarding-steamer torpedoed and sunk by Russian submarine.

Political, etc.

Speech of Count Tisza in Hungarian Diet re: Dual Alliance extension.

Madsen machine-gun debate in House of Commons.

General Robertson Commander in Chief Home Defences.


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