On This Day - 15 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

Heavy artillery fire on whole front; infantry actions locally.

North of Kemmel, French advance their line; capture a wood south of Hailles in Avre Valley.

Southern Front

Reconnoitring raids on both sides along Italian front.

In Balkans lively artillery actions near Lake Doiran; British airmen bomb depots near Seres.

Naval and Overseas Operations

Official account of Ostend raid issued.

Political, etc.

"Bonnet Rouge" trial ends in Paris; Duval sentenced to death, other accused men imprisoned.

Chino-Japanese Agreement signed at Pekin to ensure co-operation in Far East against German menace.


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