On This Day - 9 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

Two German aeroplane raids on south-east coast, no damage.

English make slight progress at Ovillers; fighting continues in Trones Wood.

French advance along Bray-Peronne road; take Biaches, reach outskirts of Barleux.

French air squadrons bomb Ham and Bolancourt.

Asiatic and Egyptian Theatres

Turks threaten attack on Tigris.

Naval and Overseas Operations

German submarine "Deutschland" arrives at Norfolk (Virginia) from Bremen; proceeds with mails and cargo to Baltimore.

Russian hospital ship "Yperyod" torpedoed in Black Sea.

Political, etc.

Mr. E. S. Montagu appointed Minister of Munitions.


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