On This Day - 12 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

Strong enemy pressure, especially at Bailleul and Wulverghem; Neuve Eglise and Messines penetrated.

In Apremont Forest Franco-Americans repulse continued attacks.

110 German Divisions engaged till now.

Zeppelins raid Eastern and Midland Counties (seven killed, 20 injured).

Air raid on Paris, one raider shot down at Compiegne.

Southern Front

Sir H. Plumer's despatch from Italy published.

Political, etc.

Manpower Bill: Military service for Ireland agreed to by majority of 165.

Holland: Food riots quelled by troops.

Germany: Food Dictator says that no satisfactory solution of economic situation can be expected.


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