On This Day - 6 October 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

German attack penetrates trenches at Hill 344 (Verdun), but French drive them out again.

Enemy attack at dusk on Polygon Wood (Ypres) repulsed; British take 380 prisoners.

Eastern Front

Heavy fighting 25 miles south of Czernovitz; no change, Russians take 750 prisoners.

Naval and Overseas Operations

Mbemkuru column (East Africa) reaches point 30 miles from Nangano; Belgian troops engaged north and north-east of Mahenge; British troops in close touch with enemy 50 and 25 miles further South.

Political, etc.

Peru breaks off diplomatic relations with Germany.

Socialist Conference at Bordeaux.

Georgia starts a separate Army.


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