On This Day - 17 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

Much artillery and aerial activity along front.

Metz station bombed by British airmen.

Southern Front

In southern Albania, Franco-Italian troops drive back Austrians west of Koritsa and advance 12 miles.

Asiatic and Egyptian Theatres

British mounted troops occupy Fatha on Tigris, 45 miles north of Tekrit; Turks retire north.

Arab troops raid Turkish post at Wadi Jerdun (Palestine) on Hejaz railway.

Political, etc.

Sudden arrest of about 150 Sinn Fein leaders in Ireland for plotting with Germany.

"Denaturalisation of Dangerous Aliens" Bill issued.


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