On This Day - 24 September 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

Aeroplane raid on London and south-east coast, 21 killed, 70 injured.

German attack north of Bezonvaux, Fosses and Chaume Woods, Verdun (north-east), repulsed.

Southern Front

Captain Marchese di Laureati flies from Turin to London, non-stop, 650 miles, 7 hours 22 minutes.

Naval and Overseas Operations

British destroy German food depots west of Kilwa; Belgian column within ten miles of Mahenge.

Political, etc.

Satisfactory Japanese Mission (Viscount Ishii) to U.S.A.

Great Britain apologises to Denmark for Jutland violation on 1 September 1917, and offers indemnity.


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