On This Day - 20 August 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

French between Oise and Aisne reach Lombray.

Eastern Front

British War Office announces Japanese to be advancing beyond Nikolaievsk (at mouth of Amur).

Asiatic and Egyptian Theatres

British and Arab attacks continued against Hejaz Railway.

Political, etc.

Speech of Dr. Solf (German Colonial Secretary) in reply to Mr. Balfour's speech of 8 August 1918.

Committee of Representatives established by Inter-Allied Food Council.


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