On This Day - 19 July 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

French and Americans advance on Soissons-Thierry line, taking Vierzy (north of Ourcq) and Neuilly St. Front (south of Ourcq).  South of Marne, French retake Montvoison.  British capture Meteren (west of Bailleul), taking 300 prisoners.

Naval and Overseas Operations

British airmen, supported by detachment of Grand Fleet, bomb Zeppelin base near Tondern (Schleswig-Holstein).

French liner "Australien" (Messageries Maritimes) torpedoed in Mediterranean, 20 lost.

U.S. armoured cruiser "San Diego" sunk off Fire Island, off New York, 6 lost.

"Justicia" (White Star liner) torpedoed off north coast of Ireland, 10 lost.

Political, etc.

Honduras declares War on Germany.

British Ministerial changes.

Admiral Sims made G.C.M.G.

Statement of Lord R. Cecil re: Allies Trade Policy.

Denaturalisation Bill read third time in House of Commons.

Sedition Committee Report (Rowlatt) published in India.


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