On This Day - 17 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

Intense bombardment, followed by infantry attack, on whole line from Nieppe Forest to Wytschaete.

Wytschaete and Meteren again lost.

North-west of Dixmude, Belgians take 700 prisoners and 42 machine guns.

French repulse attacks on Meuse and in Champagne.

Asiatic and Egyptian Theatres

Transcaucasia: Turks approach Kars, and claim 250 guns at Batum.

Naval and Overseas Operations

East Africa: War Office reports progress.

British monitors bombard Ostend.

Political, etc.

Canada: Government makes proposals for increase of manpower.

France: General Belin succeeds General Weygand on Supreme War Council.

Bolo is executed.

Austria: Baron Burian succeeds Count Czernin as Minister for Foreign Affairs.

Hungarian Cabinet (Wekerle) resigns.


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