On This Day - 17 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: Heavy German attacks repulsed on Mort Homme; French take some trenches on Hill 321; Germans checked at Thiaumont.

Captain Immelmann killed.

Eastern Front

Russians occupy Czernowitz; gain ground west of Kolki (Lutsk) and repel attacks near Buczacz.

Germans retake Svidniki.

Southern Front

Italians repulse counter-attacks at Monfalcone (Isonzo).

Asiatic and Egyptian Theatres

British within 200 yards of Sanna-i-Yat and five miles east of Kut (Mesopotamia).

Naval and Overseas Operations

Sir P. Crewe appointed to Lake Command (East Africa).

Political, etc.

Greek demobilisation begun.

Death of General von Moltke, late Chief of General Staff.


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