On This Day - 15 May 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

Heavy fighting round Bullecourt.

Severe fighting also on Chemin des Dames.

French raids in the Woevre and Lorraine.

General Petain appointed to command north and north-east French Armies, General Foch succeeding him as C.G.S., with wide powers.

Southern Front

Italians hold M. Kuk and Vodice, and reach slopes of M. Santo (Gorizia).

Doiran front, British advance south-west of Krastali; French, Serbs and Greeks also successful.

Naval and Overseas Operations

U.S.A. destroyer-flotilla arrives in British waters.

Austrian light cruiser sinks 14 British drifters in Adriatic.  Is hunted back to Cattaro by Allied vessels, but H.M.S. "Dartmouth" torpedoed, not sunk.

British transport "Cameronia" torpedoed in Mediterranean, 140 men lost.

Political, etc.

German Socialists are refused passports for Stockholm.


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