On This Day - 27 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

Fresh British gains at Delville Wood and near Pozieres; fighting continues at Longueval.

French make progress east of Estrees.

Germans make two strong attacks on French centre at Ville-au-Bois, north of Aisne, and in Champagne, west of Prosnes.

Eastern Front

Sakharov reaches Klekotov position, within five miles of Brody.

Southern Front

Hostile aeroplanes drop bombs on Bari and Otranto.

Asiatic and Egyptian Theatres

Russians advance towards Sivas (west of Erzingan); a Turkish attack near Mosul is repulsed.

Yanbo, port of Medina, captured by Grand Sherif of Mecca.

Turks and Germans begin to move from Katiya line.

Political, etc.

Captain Chas Fryat, of the G.E. liner "Brussels", is court-martialled and shot by German authorities in Belgium for attempt to ram German submarine.


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