On This Day - 2 August 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

German attack on Delville Wood (Somme) repulsed.

German counter-attack on French at Estrees (southern Somme) repulsed.

German trenches carried south of Fleury (Verdun), 800 prisoners taken.

British naval air raid near Ghent.

Eastern Front

German gas attack in region of Smorgon (east Vilna) repulsed.

Asiatic and Egyptian Theatres

Turkish counter-attack takes Mush and Bitlis (Armenia).

Naval and Overseas Operations

Loss of Italian dreadnought "Lionardo da Vinci", at Taranto, by fire and explosion (248 killed).

Political, etc.

Government attitude to Resolutions adopted by Allies at Economic Conference in Paris explained by Mr. Asquith.

Two important State Papers on barbarity of Germans published.


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