On This Day - 5 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

Germans again attack from Somme to beyond Bucquoy.

British take 200 prisoners in counter-attack near Hebuterne.

French attack north of Montdidier and near Noyon.

End of Second Battle of the Somme.

Eastern Front

German landing in Finland confirmed.

Siberia: Japanese marines land at Vladivostok, followed by a British detachment.

Southern Front

60 Austrian sailors captured on land by Italians near Ancona.

Asiatic and Egyptian Theatres

Van (Armenia) retaken by the Turks.

Naval and Overseas Operations

Sir J. Van Deventer's despatch on East Africa published.

Political, etc.

51st Meeting of Irish Convention adopts draft report.  Convention adjourns sine die.


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