On This Day - 11 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

Fighting general on whole battle-front.

British forced back beyond Ploegsteert and Steenwercke to south of Neuve Eglise and Bailleul.

At Hollebeke and Messines attacks repulsed.

Enemy captures Merville.

Strong local attacks repulsed south of Arras.

Germans claim 20,000 prisoners in Northern fighting.

Asiatic and Egyptian Theatres

Palestine: Turks attack near El Ghoraniya (East Jordan): defeated and pursued by cavalry six miles towards Es Salt.  Further attack astride Jericho-Shechem road repulsed.

Naval and Overseas Operations

East Africa: British columns from coast and Lake Nyassa in touch with enemy forces at Medu and Msalu river.

British naval forces bombard Ostend and aircraft bomb Zeebrugge.

American S.S. "Lakemoor" sunk by submarine.

Political, etc.

Major-General Hon. C. Sackville-West succeeds Sir Henry Rawlinson (to the front) at Versailles.

Report issued of Government Committee on treatment of prisoners of war behind lines.

Food riots in Holland.


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