On This Day - 9 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

Germans driven back and French advance north of Hem Wood.

Germans regain Thiaumont work.

Zeppelin raid on east coast, 10 killed, 16 injured.

Eastern Front

Russians gain junction of Chryplin (Stanislau).

Southern Front

Capture of Gorizia by Italians.  Austrians pursued, 10,000 prisoners taken.

Italians occupy hills on line Rosenthal-Vertoibica (Isonzo).

Heavy Austrian attack beaten back on left bank of Isonzo.

Asiatic and Egyptian Theatres

Turks press back British cavalry east of Romani (Suez), but are repulsed and lose heavily.


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