On This Day - 21 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 encounter stubborn resistance but gain ground east of Epehy, capturing Le Petit Priel farm and other strong positions.

British line improved at Moeuvres.

Further French gains south of St. Quentin, they take Benay.

Southern Front

Franco-Serbian troops pursue Bulgarians past Kavadar and threaten Babuna pass.  They reach the Vardar near Demirkapu and Negotin.

Bulgarians begin destroying their stores and war material preparatory to a retreat.

Asiatic and Egyptian Theatres

Advance of British Infantry in Palestine; they reach Shechem and Samaria, and drive Turks into arms of cavalry operating southward from Jenin and Beisan.

East of Jordan the Hejaz Arabs cut the Damascus railway in numerous places.  18,000 prisoners taken.

Political, etc.

Sir M. de Bunsen returns from successful mission to South America.


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