On This Day - 5 June 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

Battle of Verdun: German attacks between Vaux Fort and Damloup repulsed.

Eastern Front

Russian offensive continues; 12,000 prisoners reported.

German attacks repulsed near Krevo (Vilna).

Southern Front

Austrians repulsed on Asiago plateau; Italians gain ground at Monte Cengio (Trentino).

Asiatic and Egyptian Theatres

Russians evacuate Khanikin.

Naval and Overseas Operations

H.M.S. "Hampshire" mined off Scottish coast: Lord Kitchener and his staff drowned.

Political, etc.

Dr. Bethmann-Hollweg makes a tour of the southern German States to induce acceptance of central control of food supplies.


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