On This Day - 3 July 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

Fierce fighting continues; British capture La Boiselle and part of Ovillers.  French capture Chapitre Wood, Feuilleres, Buscourt, Flaucourt; also Assevillers to the South.

Germans gain and lose Damloup work (Verdun).

North of Ancre actions indecisive.

12,300 prisoners to date.

Eastern Front

Battle of Baranovichi continues south of Vilna.

Russian sea-attack on German lines near Riga.

Southern Front

French air-raid on Sofia from Salonika.

Asiatic and Egyptian Theatres

Russians again resume offensive in Armenia, west of Erzerum.

Naval and Overseas Operations

British advance in East Africa, in region between Lake Tanganyika and Victoria Nyanza.

Political, etc.

Report of Royal Commission on the causes of the Irish Rebellion issued.

Russo-Japanese treaty re: the Far East signed.


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