On This Day - 8 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: Violent German attack east and west of Thiaumont Farm.

Eastern Front

Russian offensive continues; 13,000 prisoners reported.

Austrians reinforced from Italian front.

Russians repulse attacks in Vilna district.

Southern Front

Austrians make slight advance near Asiago.

Naval and Overseas Operations

British occupy Bismarckburg and Belgians occupy Usumbara (German East Africa).

British patrols chase Germans into Zeebrugge.

Political, etc.

Compulsion replaces voluntary enlistment in Great Britain.


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