On This Day - 4 July 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

Heavy thunderstorms impede operations.

British take Bernafay Wood, east of Montauban; make air attacks on Comines, Combles, St. Quentin.

French capture Estrees, Belloy-en-Santerre, and Sormont Farm: advance from Curlu towards Hem.

Germans regain Thiaumont (Verdun).

Eastern Front

Second Great Russian advance in the Ukraine under General Lesch; they cross Styr at Kolki and Rafalovka and drive the Austrians towards the Stokhod.  Further south they cut Carpathian railway at Mikolichin.

Southern Front

Italians continue to advance in Trentino.

Naval and Overseas Operations

The "Goeben" and "Breslau" bombard Russian ports in Black Sea.

Political, etc.

Ignatius Tribitch Lincoln, ex-M.P., sentenced to three years penal servitude for forgery.


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