On This Day - 16 August 1914

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

Belgium: Indecisive action at Wavre.

B.E.F. first contingent completes its landing.

French successful in northern Alsace (Schirmeck, etc.).

Eastern Front

East Prussia: General advance of Russian armies.

Southern Front

Austrians capture Shabatz (north-west Serbia), but Serbians check Austrian advance between Loznitsa and Shabats.

Naval and Overseas Operations

Franco-British squadron enters the Adriatic.


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