On This Day - 8 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 penetrate southern part of Trones Wood; hand to hand fighting in Ovillers.

French take Hardecourt.

Violent artillery duel at Verdun.

Heavy rain hampers operations.

Eastern Front

Russians break through north of Lutsk and cross Upper Stokhod at Ugli and Arsenovich, having advanced 25 miles in four days on a 40-mile front.  South of Dniester they capture Delatyn and threaten right flank of Bothmer's army.

Political, etc.

A Russo-Japanese Agreement in regard to the Far East signed and announced.

Order in Council rescinds Declaration of London of 25 February, 1909, and all orders arising therefrom.


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