On This Day - 6 October 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 take Fresnoy (north of Arras).

Second Battle of Le Cateau begins.

French press enemy back along Suippe front.

Italian advance north of Ostel (nine miles south of Laon); Laon on fire.

Stiff American fighting on Meuse-Argonne front continues.

Eastern Front

British officials from Petrograd reach Swedish frontier.

Bolsheviks repulsed by Allied troops at Seletskaya (170 miles south of Archangel).

Southern Front

65,000 Bulgars have surrendered altogether.

Prince Regent of Serbia accepts promotion to General.

Italians pushing on in Albania, north of Berat, towards Elbasan.

Asiatic and Egyptian Theatres

Reported 79,000 prisoners taken since 18 September 1918.

Zahleh and Rayak (north-west of Damascus) occupied by British cavalry.

French and British warships find Beirut evacuated.

Naval and Overseas Operations

H.M.S. "Otranto", carrying U.S.A. troops, collides and sinks, 431 lost; T.B.D. "Mounsey" rescues 596.

Political, etc.

Peaceful manifesto by King Boris.

Prince Max's letter of 12 January 1918 revealed.

France warns Germany re: crimes on French territory.

Canton Government declares war on President Hsuh Shih Chang.


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