On This Day - 18 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

Great Australian (5th/6th Australian Infantry Brigades) advance on 16-mile front (north-west of St. Quentin, extending from Holnon Wood to Gouzeaucourt; over 6,000 prisoners and a number of guns captured; outer defences of Hindenburg Line stormed in many places.

French, in liaison with British, capture Savy Wood and Fontaine-les-Cleres.

End of battle of Epehy.

Germans continue strong counter-attacks north and south of Moeuvres.

Eastern Front

Murmansk front: Karelians defeat German-led forces from Finland at Ukhtinskaya and drive them back over the border.

Japanese coverging from east and south take Blagoveshchensk (on the Amur) and Alexeievsk.  2,000 Germans and Austrians lay down their arms.

Southern Front

Bulgarians in full retreat before French, Serbians and Yugo-Slavs; Serbian cavalry reaches Polosko; communication with Prilep (Bulgarian advanced base) cut.

Anglo-Greeks attack in neighbourhood of Lake Doiran and take the town.

Asiatic and Egyptian Theatres

Arab force surrounds Dera'a and blows up railway junction.

Political, etc.

Complete failure of the Austro-Hungarian peace offer, which is rejected by Great Britain, France, U.S.A. and Belgium in turn.


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