On This Day - 1 April 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

Local attacks near Albert repulsed.

Grivesnes (southern Moreuil) heavily attacked but remains in French hands.

At Hebuterne (Bucquoy) local fighting in favour of British.

Eastern Front

Berlin reports the despatch of ultimatum to Russia on subject of Finland.

Asiatic and Egyptian Theatres

Mesopotamia: British troops 73 miles beyond Ana (Middle Euphrates).

Palestine: Strong Turkish resistance near Amman; British retire to Es Salt.

Naval and Overseas Operations

British destroyer sunk in collision.

Political, etc.

Royal Air Force (under Air Ministry) formed from R.N.A.S. and R.F.C.

Canada: Anti-conscription riots in Quebec.  Troops fire on rioters.


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