On This Day - 23 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

Infantry fighting unimportant.

Successful local raids round Arras.

Artillery active south of the Avre.

French raids on Kemmel front.

Southern Front

Infantry fighting on Italian mountain front increases; much aerial activity.

Asiatic and Egyptian Theatres

Arabs successfully attack Turks near Abu Naam (80 miles north of Medina).

Naval and Overseas Operations

British armed mercantile cruiser "Moldavia", carrying American troops, torpedoed and sunk in Channel; 56 lost.

Political, etc.

Georgia (Caucasus) proclaims its independence.

U.S.A. National Conscription (fight or work) after 1 July decided on.


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