On This Day - 4 August 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 gain German second line system on a front of 2,000 yards north of Pozieres, several hundred prisoners.

Germans retake Fleury (Verdun) but lose it again to French.

Furious German counter-attacks at Thiaumont work repulsed.

Eastern Front

Fierce fighting in progress on the Graberko and Sereth.

Russians take 1,300 prisoners.

Germans by an enveloping movement regain Rudka-Mirynska.

Asiatic and Egyptian Theatres

Turk attack near Romani (northern Sinai) beaten off.


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