On This Day - 26 October 1917
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)
Franco-British attack east, north-east and north of Ypres.
British positions improved from Passchendaele to Poelcapelle.
French capture Draibank; bad weather.
Bainsizza Plateau evacuated. Germans claim 60,000 prisoners and 500 guns.
Naval and Overseas Operations
German squadron bombards Khainash, 40 miles south of Pernau (Riga). Transports appear 12 miles further south.
Brazil declared in a state of War with Germany.