On This Day - 8 November 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

Two successful British raids near Fresnoy and Armentieres.

Lively artillery actions along whole front.

Southern Front

Germans force crossing of Livenza river and pursue Italians towards Piave river.

Between Tolmezzo and Gemona, 17,000 Italians are outflanked and surrender.

Asiatic and Egyptian Theatres

General Allenby follows up his victory in Palestine.

Turks in retreat north on Hebron and Jerusalem.

Political, etc.

Arrival in London of U.S.A. Mission under Colonel House.

Coup d'Etat and fighting in Petrograd; Bolsheviks under Lenin depose Kerenski, who takes to flight.

Revolutionaries announce "an immediate democratic peace" their first objective.


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