On This Day - 5 May 1917

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, co-operating with British, on front of 20 miles north of the Aisne, take crest of Craonne ridge, including Chemin des Dames with 6,000 prisoners.

Southern Front

French and Greek troops take Bulgar trenches on the Lyumnitsa River (Gevgeli).

Gorizia bombed.

Italians repulse enemy on Carso.

Asiatic and Egyptian Theatres

Russian detachments withdraw about Oghnut and Mush.

Political, etc.

War Conference in Paris.

General Kornilov reorganises reserves.

Mr. Balfour addresses Congress.

Flat racing discontinued.


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