On This Day - 28 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

Artillery activity on Somme front.

French gain ground south-east of Thiaumont work and repulse German attacks against Fleury and against a position near Vaux Fort (Verdun).

Eastern Front

Romanians and Austrians in contact in the passes of the Transylvanian Alps.  Austrians withdraw north of Kronstadt.

Austrian monitors bombard Romanian towns on the Danube.

Southern Front

Serbians progress east of Cherna River.

Asiatic and Egyptian Theatres

Encounters take place south of Erzerum (Armenia).

General Maude succeeds General Lake as Commander-in-Chief in Mesopotamia.

Political, etc.

Germany declares War on Romania.

Italy declares War on Germany.


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