On This Day - 17 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 make local progress north-west of St. Quentin and in the north near Ploegsteert.

Germans counter-attack at Moeuvres.

French gain ground north-east of Soissons, capture several strong points.

Americans consolidate their line between the Meuse heights and the Moselle.

Good bombing attacks by R.A.F. on German objectives.

Southern Front

Italians repulse strong counter-attacks north of Mt. Grappa.

In Macedonia the Franco-Serbian advance continues; Allied troops reach the Cherna river.


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