On This Day - 18 April 1917

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

French advance continued east and north-east of Soissons.  French capture five villages; on Aisne capture Conde bridgehead and Vailly, repulse enemy near Juvincourt, and consolidate positions in Moronvillers massif.

British capture Villers-Guislain (12 miles south of Cambrai).

Asiatic and Egyptian Theatres

British defeat Turks on right bank of Tigris, taking 1,200 prisoners.

Political, etc.

U.S.A. War Bill ("Old Glory" loan of �1,400,000,000) passes Senate.

British Food Order restricting pastry and cake making.

German government grants concessions to strikers.

Death of General v. Bissing, Govenor-General of Belgium.


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