On This Day - 12 May 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

Quiet on all sectors; artillery duel on right bank of Meuse.

Between 6-12 May B.A.F. contingents from Dunkirk attack Zeebrugge and Ostend continuously.

Eastern Front

In eastern Siberia, Colonel Semenov's forces, acting against Bolsheviks, move west from Manchurian border towards Lake Baikal.

Southern Front

British airmen make raids in Balkans and bomb aerodrome at Drama.

Naval base of Cattaro successfully bombed by Italians.

Asiatic and Egyptian Theatres

Successful Arab raids on Hejaz railway line and the Turkish defences round Maan.

Naval and Overseas Operations

Italian destroyers attack enemy convoy off Durazzo; sink a transport.

Political, etc.

The Kaiser and Emperor Charles confer at German headquarters.

Return of Mr. Montagu from India.


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