On This Day - 27 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

French progress on Aisne front, occupy Froidmont Farm, fail to cross Canal.

French and Belgians advance astride Ypres-Dixmude road.

U.S.A. troops in action.

Eastern Front

Germans retire from Verder Peninsula (Riga).

Germans again attempt to fraternise with Russians North and Centre.

Southern Front

Cividale (west of Isonzo) in flames and occupied by Germans, who claim 80,000 prisoners.

Asiatic and Egyptian Theatres

British cavalry in action in centre of Gaza front (Palestine).

Political, etc.

U.S.A. infantry and artillery in action in France for first time.

Army brings about fall of Cabinet in Spain.

Polish Regency Council takes office.


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