On This Day - 12 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: Germans bombard heavily; German attacks north of Thiaumont first repulsed and then penetrate French line east of Hill 321.

Eastern Front

Austrians retreat south of Lutsk.

Zaleszczycki (Bukovina) taken by Russians.

Southern Front

Italian advance on Asiago plateau and in Lagarina valley (Trentino).

Asiatic and Egyptian Theatres

British column (Sir P. Sykes) enters Kerman (southern Persia).

Russians take Turkish camp near Diarbekr and repulse attack at Rowanduz.

Naval and Overseas Operations

British take Wilhelmstal.

Belgians take Kitega (German East Africa).

Italian destroyers raid Parenzo (Istria).

Political, etc.

Riots in Greece.

Admiral Jellicoe's message to the Fleet.


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