On This Day - 4 January 1918

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

Further British air raid on Metz district.

Eastern Front

Bolshevik Government recognises independence of Finland.

Southern Front

Austrians bomb Mestre, Bassano and Castelfranco.

Asiatic and Egyptian Theatres

British again advance for a mile north of Jerusalem.

Naval and Overseas Operations

British naval aircraft bomb Ghistelles aerodrome.

Hospital ship "Rewa" torpedoed in Bristol Channel; all wounded saved.


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