On This Day - 7 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

British attack outskirts of Guillemont.

German attacks north and north-east of Pozieres, repulsed.

French advance north of Hardecourt (northern Somme).

French progress at Fleury and the Thiaumont work (Verdun).

Eastern Front

Russian advance in Graberko-Sereth region.

Heavy fighting, 2,000 prisoners taken.

Russians capture Tlumacz (12 miles from Stanislau), 2,000 prisoners taken.

Southern Front

Italian offensive continues.

Monte Sabatino, Monte San Michele and bridgehead of Gorizia captured.  8,000 prisoners, 11 guns and 100 machine guns taken.

Austrian attacks beaten off by Italians on Asiago Plateau and in the Upper Cordevole Valley (Dolomites).

Asiatic and Egyptian Theatres

Stiff fighting at Romani; British threaten Turkish flanks.

Political, etc.

Admiralty deny allegation in German press that British Hospital Ships are being used as transports.


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