On This Day - 5 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

East of Guillemont the Allied line is carried forward 1,500 yards; Allies hold most of Leuze Wood.

Allies occupy whole of enemy's second line on the Somme.

Eastern Front

Seven miles south-east of Halicz the Russians claim success; many prisoners taken.

Polish autonomy granted by Central Powers.

Southern Front

In the Dolomites operations now developing, the whole of Val Cismone free.

Bucharest bombed by Bulgars.

Asiatic and Egyptian Theatres

British bomb Turkish aerodrome at El Arish (90 miles east of Port Said).

Political, etc.

Mr. Balfour at Glasgow appeals to local trade unions re: shipyard labour.

Trade Union Congress at Birmingham rejects invitation of U.S.A. Federation of Labour, re: "Terms of Peace".


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