On This Day - 18 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 advance six miles east of Douai-Lille, and three miles east of Le Cateau.

Belgians approach Bruges after strong resistance.

Stiff fighting on Grand Pre-Vouziers line.  Germans pushed back.

Eastern Front

British troops repel far superior number of Bolsheviks at Seletsko (160 miles up Dvina river from Archangel).

Allies push on to Soroka (south-west White Sea) from Murmansk.

Czecho-Slovaks pressed back by Bolsheviks in East Russia.

Southern Front

Bulgaria cleared of Germans who pillaged to the last.

Italians active on their mountain fronts.

Asiatic and Egyptian Theatres

British hold Turks at Fatha (30 miles north of Tekrit, Tigris).

Naval and Overseas Operations

Spanish zone in Morocco in complete anarchy: Raisuli and Abdul Malek and German influence supreme.

Political, etc.

President Wilson declines suggestions in Austro-Hungarian Note of 4 October.

Higher allowances to dependents of fighters granted.

Count Tisza admits defeat.

Count Burian resigns.

Czecho-Slovak Council in Paris declares independence.

Prince of Wales gives �3,000 to Red Cross.


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