On This Day - 17 October 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

Battle of the Selle begins.

British-American attack on nine-mile front carries line of Selle south of Le Cateau.

British enter Douai and capture Lille (stripped).

Belgians enter Ostend by land, their King and Queen and Sir R. Keyes by sea; Cavalry at gates of Bruges.

British reach outskirts of Tourcoing.

Americans fight west of Grand pre.

Eastern Front

British troops in Transcaspia capture Dushak, driving back Bolsheviks (announced).

Southern Front

Franco-Serbs occupy Knyazhevats and Krushevats.

Montenegrins rise against Austrians.

French capture Ipek.

Over half of Serbia cleared of enemy.

Asiatic and Egyptian Theatres

Tigris railway extended by British beyond Tekrit.

Political, etc.

British Government recognises Polish Army as autonomous.

Proclamation in Prague of Czech Republic, and at Agram of Yugo-Slav independence.

Bolshevik-German correspondence published in Washington.

London subscribes 31 million pounds National War Bonds in nine days.


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