On This Day - 6 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

Slight British progress east of Pozieres towards Martinpuich.

German attacks at Thiaumont work and in Vaux-Chapitre Wood repulsed (Verdun).

Eastern Front

Russians gain heights and villages on right bank of Sereth and Graberko (south Brody) and repel German counter-attacks.

Southern Front

Battle of Gorizia.  Italian attack on Isonzo; several lines of trenches taken in Monfalcone sector, and nearly the whole of Hill 85; 3,600 prisoners and many machine guns taken.

Asiatic and Egyptian Theatres

Determined Turk attacks repulsed by Russians north of the Upper Euphrates (Armenia) and in region of Mush-Bitlis.

Russians driven back by the Turks east of Kermanshah (Persia) British occupy Katiya (northern Sinai).


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