On This Day - 17 October 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

French gain new group of houses in Sailly-Saillisel.

Eastern Front

Romanians maintain positions at Rucar, but retreat in the Gyimes Pass (Mold.); enemy penetrate eight miles into Romania and reach Agas.

North of Korytnitsa  (24 miles W.S.W. of Lutsk), obstinate fighting, Germans claim trenches and 1,900 prisoners.

Southern Front

Fighting in Dobropolye region (north of Kaymakchlan).

Italians capture Tooth of Pasubio (Trentino).

Asiatic and Egyptian Theatres

British raid and take Dakhla oasis (175 miles south-west of Assiut).


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