On This Day - 16 September 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

Slight advance by British in neighbourhood of Ploegsteert and east of Ypres.

French capture Vailly (north-east of Soissons) and Mt. des Singes.

Americans advance along west bank of Moselle.

Air raid on Paris by Gothas during the night: 6 killed, 15 injured, 2 raiders brought down.

Eastern Front

Archangel front; successful operation by naval units and Allied troops on the River Dvina; two enemy ships sunk, three guns captured.

Southern Front

Franco-Serbian advance continued; the troops advance to a depth of five miles on 16-mile front in region of Dobropolje.

Italians makes successful raid north and north-west of Mt. Grappa; capture over 300 prisoners and some machine guns.

Political, etc.

President Wilson refuses suggestion of peace conference put forward by Austria-Hungary.

Recognition by Japan of Czecho-Slovakia as belligerent Allies.


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