On This Day - 31 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 captures in last three months: 172,659 prisoners, 2,378 guns, 17,000 machine guns, 2,750 trench mortars, etc.

British successful attack south-west of Audenarde (Courtrai), carrying all objectives; 1,000 prisoners.

Southern Front

Scutari (Albania) captured by Italians.

Austrians in Trentino and Venetian Alps separated and chased back, losing all positions between the Brenta and Piave.

Austrian Commander-in-Chief applies to General Diaz for an Armistice.

Naval and Overseas Operations

Austrian Fleet handed to Yugo-Slav Council and Danube flotilla to Hungarians.

Political, etc.

Revolution in Vienna.

Count Tisza assassinated in Vienna.

Hostilities between Turkey and Entente cease at noon.

End of the Dual Monarchy.

Italians and Slovenes take over Trieste.


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