On This Day - 19 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: German night attack repulsed north-west of Hill 321.

Eastern Front

Russians cross Pruth west of Czernowitz; heavy fighting near Lutsk, Germans reinforcing Austrians.

Asiatic and Egyptian Theatres

Turks repulsed by Russians at Saripul (Persia).

Naval and Overseas Operations

British occupy Handem and Germans retreat on central railway system (German East Africa).

Political, etc.

New Italian Ministry formed.

80,000 American Militia called up to police Mexican border.


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