On This Day - 1 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

Comparative quiet on Western Front.

French improve their positions before Locre.

U.S. troops join Amiens front.

Eastern Front

Germans occupy Sevastopol, establish military dictatorship in Ukraine under Field Marshal von Eichhorn.

General Skoropadski proclaimed Hetman.

Germans occupy Odessa.

Southern Front

British airmen in Balkans bomb Bulgarian aerodromes in Vardar valley.

Asiatic and Egyptian Theatres

British advance east of Jordan, capture Es Salt.

British mounted brigade, guarding ford at Jisr ed Damiya, attacked and compelled to fall back, leaving 9 guns.

Naval and Overseas Operations

British in East Africa capture important convoy from Germans retreating towards Nanungu.

Zeebrugge lock gates heavily bombed.

Political, etc.

Mr Lloyd George, M. Clemenceau and Signor Orlando attend Fifth War Council in France.

Further increase of U.S. Army sanctioned.

France and Germany arrange for exchange of prisoners of war.


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