On This Day - 2 June 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: French recover ground south of Caurettes Wood; Germans progress east of Caillette Wood, on outskirts of Vaux Pond, at Damloup and Vaux Fort.

Third Battle of Ypres; two German attacks, second penetrates British trenches to depth of 300 yards on 3,000 yard front towards Zillebeke.

Southern Front

Austrian attacks from Posina to Astico (Trentino) repulsed.

Bulgarians fire on Greeks at Demirhissar.

Asiatic and Egyptian Theatres

Russians repulse Turks between Erzerum and Erzingan.  Turks retire 25 miles.

Turks retire after three days' fighting west of Rowanduz (east of Mosul).

British drive Turks out of Katiya (northern Sinai).

Political, etc.

Belgians up to the age of 40 called to the colours.


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