On This Day - 19 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

Further British and French gains in direction of St. Quentin; heavy fighting round Gouzeaucourt and Moeuvres, all Germans attacks finally repulsed.

British capture Lempire and the French advance beyond Contescourt; they capture Essigny le Grand at end of the day.

Southern Front

Bulgarian rout continues; Serbians cross the Cherna and march on Prilep; over 5,000 prisoners taken.

Asiatic and Egyptian Theatres

Great Offensive (Battle of Samaria) in Palestine.  General Allenby advances on 16-mile front between Rafat and the sea; pierces Turkish lines.

Infantry reach railway junction of Tull Keram, cavalry push forward east and north-east to cut off enemy retreat.  3,000 prisoners taken by British.

Political, etc.

Mr. J. Davis appointed U.S.A. ambassador to Great Britain.


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