On This Day - 16 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 advance west and south-west of Guillemont.

French take trenches on front of 11 miles, Clery-Maurepas-Guillemont.

French take a system of German trenches near Belloy-en-Santerre (southern Somme) on front of 1,300 yards, 1,300 prisoners.

Eastern Front

Heavy Russian attacks west of Sereth (Galicia).

Total of Russian captures published.

Southern Front

Artillery active on Isonzo.

Political, etc.

Terms of new British War Loan to be raised in U.S.A. announced.

Special Register Bill postponed.


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