On This Day - 18 February 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

German raiders fail to get through defences in attempted air raid on London.

Eastern Front

End of Russian armistice.

German army crosses Dvina and marches on Dvinsk and Lutsk.  A second army advances into Ukraine against Bolsheviks.

Russians evacuate Armenia.

Turks within eight miles of Trebizond.

Southern Finland now in hands of Bolsheviks.

General Mannesheim (commanding Constitutional forces, "White Guards") gathers an army together in the north.


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