On This Day - 12 December 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

Enemy capture small salient between Bullecourt and Queant (west of Cambrai).

Eastern Front

Fighting between Cossacks and Bolsheviks at Rostov (River Don).

Romanians sign armistice.

Southern Front

Battle on Monte Grappa front between Brenta and Piave; heavy Austrian attacks.

Asiatic and Egyptian Theatres

British have taken 562 officers and 11,474 men prisoners in Palestine to date.

Naval and Overseas Operations

Convoy to Norway sunk; three vessels also sunk off the Tyne.

Funchal (Madeira) shelled by submarine; much damage.

Political, etc.

Enquiry into the reverse at Cambrai ordered by Government.

French Government decides to bring M. Caillaux before Court Martial.

Cuba declares war on Austria-Hungary.


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