On This Day - 27 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

Third Battle of the Aisne begins; New German thrust for Paris.  After heavy bombardment enemy deliver great attack on Aisne between Soissons and Reims; Allies' line pressed back; Germans carry Chemin des Dames Ridge; smaller attack between Locre and Voormezeele.

Long-range guns bombard Paris.

Southern Front

Italians storms Austrian positions at Capo Sile, north-east of Venice.

British air raid on Durazzo (Albania); Austrian torpedo-boat sunk.

Asiatic and Egyptian Theatres

Tatar National Council proclaims establishment of "Republic of Azerbaijan" (northern Persia).

Political, etc.

Interesting Parliamentary Paper (Cd. 9059) published on methods used by Germany in the past to influence British trade.


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