On This Day - 23 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: Germans take Hills 321 and 320, and Thiaumont Fort; take, but lose, Fleury; are repulsed at Les Eparges and on left bank of Meuse.

Eastern Front

Russians take Kimpolung (Bukovina); heavy fighting near Pinsk (Pripet); total prisoners reported since 4 June, 144,000, with 4,031 officers and 219 guns.

Asiatic and Egyptian Theatres

Russians repel several attack south of Trebizond.

Naval and Overseas Operations

"Citta di Messina", Italian auxiliary cruiser, and French torpedo boat "Fourcher" sunk by mines in Strait of Otranto.

"Brussels" (G.E.R. steamer) captured by German T.B.D.


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