On This Day - 19 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

13 Zeppelins raid east and north-east England and London; 5 brought down.  Larger type of Zeppelin used; 36 killed, 55 injured.

Eastern Front

Germans land on Dago Island.

Germans fail in effort to fraternise on Romanian front.

Naval and Overseas Operations

British armed mercantile cruiser "Orana" torpedoed and sunk; no lives lost.

Political, etc.

Liberal Swedish Cabinet formed by Professor Eden.

U.S.A. embargo on trade with Northern Neutrals.

Munition Works removed from Petrograd.


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