On This Day - 15 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 take a trench on Mort Homme and repulse heavy counter-attacks at Caillette Wood.

Eastern Front

Russians advance north-west of Czernowitz; heavy fighting in the centre.

Southern Front

Artillery activity at Salonika.

Austrians repulsed on Asiago plateau; successful Italian counter-attack.

Asiatic and Egyptian Theatres

British cavalry raid an Arab tribe (Mesopotamia).

Heavy fighting at Saripul (Persia).

Naval and Overseas Operations

British secure bridge at Korogwe (west of Tanga, German East Africa), and occupy an island in Lake Victoria.

Political, etc.

Daylight Saving Act comes into operation.


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