On This Day - 7 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

British again advance; portion of Leipzig Redoubt carried on Thiepval Plateau.  Fighting at Ovillers and east of La Boiselle.  Contalmaison won but not held.

Eastern Front

Russians reach Manevichi station on Kovel-Sarni railway in northern Lutsk salient.

Southern Front

Italians continue advance between Brenta and Adige; they carry two enemy positions north of Asiago.

Naval and Overseas Operations

In East Africa General Smuts occupies Tanga, the terminus of Usambara railway.

Political, etc.

Congratulatory message to troops from King George.


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