On This Day - 21 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 push on; stubborn resistance.

Belgians three miles from Ghent, across Derivation Canal to Eede (Dutch frontier).

French advance between Rivers Serre and Oise; stubborn fighting north of Verdun.

Sir Douglas Haig's despatch of 20 July, on March and April withdrawal, published.

Southern Front

Italians fighting on Asiago and Grappa fronts.

French capture convoy of lighters at Lom Palanka (Danube).

Political, etc.

German reply to U.S.A. Note of 14 October issued.

King George receives Inter-Parliamentary delegates.

German Governor-General of Belgium "pardons" Belgians and neutrals convicted by Court Martial.

Belgian Bill for German damage already nearly 400 million pounds.


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