On This Day - 29 May 1916

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 Verdun: Germans gain a footing in trench north-west of Cumeires, but are repulsed on Hill 304.

Southern Front

Italians evacuate Asiago; Austrians cross Posina, west of Arsiero.

Asiatic and Egyptian Theatres

White Paper containing General Townshend's views on the advance from Kut published.

Naval and Overseas Operations

War Office announces new invasion of German East Africa from Rhodesia and Nyassaland.

Political, etc.

British Foreign Office denies German statements as to the Bosnian crisis.

Civilian casualties to date in Great Britain published.


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