On This Day - 19 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

British raid south-west of Meteren.

Heavy air fighting and many bombing raids behind enemy front.

Shameful bombing of British hospitals at Etaples, etc., outside war zone, by German airmen; 300 casualties.

Air raid on London by over 20 Gothas; considerable damage, 49 killed, 177 injured; 5 raiders destroyed.

Southern Front

At Capo Sile (north-east corner of Venetian Lagoons) Italian storming party captures and holds Austrian advanced positions.

Naval and Overseas Operations

In East Africa General Edwards occupies Nanungu without opposition; Germans retire south-west towards Mahua.


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