On This Day - 19 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

British push forward beyond Bullecourt.

Fighting about Chemin des Dames, hostile attack on La Bovelle repulsed.

Eastern Front

Russian Army at the front remains passive.

Southern Front

Austrians fail to recover heights north of Gorizia; their surprise attack at night on Vodice collapses.

Political, etc.

Settlement with Amalgamated Society of Engineers agreed on.

Nicaragua severs diplomatic relations with Germany.


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