On This Day - 3 September 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

Somme front, Ginchy and all Guillemont, with many prisoners, captured by British.

Le Forest village, east of Maurepas, Clery-sur-Somme and German trenches taken by French.

Thirteen airships raided English eastern counties, one brought down at Cuffley, Essex.

British defeat Prussian Guard attack at Thiepval.

Eastern Front

Near Orsova on Danube, Austrians withdraw to west bank of Cherna.

The Dobruja entered by German and Bulgarian troops.

Russians close to Zlota Lipa capture position near Brzezany, taking many prisoners, Russian success near Dorna Vatra (Carp.).

Southern Front

Constanza (Romania) bombed.

Naval and Overseas Operations

Ghistelles (five miles south-east Ostend) British naval air squadron effectively attacks.

Dar-es-Salaam, capital of German East Africa, surrenders to British Naval Forces.


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