On This Day - 5 September 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

British still advance north and south of Peronne; approach high ground on Athies-Nurlu front; local fighting about Moeuvres and Neuville-Bourjonval.

Steady advance of General Humbert's Army from Noyon towards St. Quentin; crosses Somme canal and approaches within three miles of Ham.

Vesle front (east of Soissons) Franco-American troops drive Germans north towards the Aisne.

Eastern Front

North of Vladivostok Japanese capture Khabarovsk, an important enemy base, with much booty and 120 enemy guns.

Asiatic and Egyptian Theatres

The Hejez Arabs continue to harry the Turks in frequent raids round Medina.

Political, etc.

Arrest in London of M. Litvinov and other Bolsheviks, as guarantees for the safety of British subjects in Russia.


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