On This Day - 5 July 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 line slightly advanced south of Ypres.

Artillery engagements in the Aisne and Champagne sectors.

Eastern Front

Artillery and infantry action in the Brzezany region.

Asiatic and Egyptian Theatres

Improvement in comfort and health of troops in Mesopotamia announced.

Naval and Overseas Operations

British destroyer mined in North Sea (announced), 18 survivors.

Political, etc.

Belgian Socialists announce at Stockholm their determination to make no peace with German Imperialism.

Reichstag opens.


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